de Havilland D.H.84
Dragon (c/n 2048)
One tends to forget that the Dragon was designed to have
folding wings. Here, VH-AQU has
the starboard wing
folded. It was probably being brought out of the hangar and
readied for flight.
The idea being, of
course, to reduce hangar space. About the only aircraft designed
this way today
fighters. The venue or time of this photograph is not known, but
it was probably
unknown is why the Anson in the hangar is up on its nose!
In the 1960s it was
owned by Sid Marshall and
below is a shot of it in Marshall
Airways - Charter Service livery.
taken by John
Hopton at Bankstown in October 1963 (via Geoff Goodall). Picture
# 3 is a color
shot of the Dragon by
Greg Banfield in December 1965 with the inimitable Sid at the controls.
enthusiast Robert St. John of
Adelaide then acquired the -AQU from the estate of the
then late Sid
Marshall and shot # 4 taken by
Nigel Daw (again via Geoff Goodall) shows it at
Broken Hill, NSW in
March 1980 while in the image
at the foot of the page (# 4, Nigel again)
we see it at Mt.
in a Coca-Cola advertising
paint job. (Sadly, Rob St. John passed
away in December
2008). VH-AQU was
the original manufacturer, now
named Hawker de
re-registered VH-DHX and returned
to the place of its birth at
Bankstown in 1986. It was acquired in the
the Norman Aeroplane Trust
(Torquil Norman) at
Chibolton in the U.K .in
whose care it is still
airworthy. It is currently
G-ECAN. There are many lovely shots of it
now appears in full Railway Air
Services livery on the
Merely Google "G-ECAN Dragon".