VH-DAP (2) Piper
Not the best angle to show the rego on
this Kendell Airlines Navajo, taxying away from the terminal
at Essendon, circa 1971, the year the
airline commenced scheduled services between its Wagga, NSW
Melbourne. Photo via the CAHS archives.
From these modest beginnings Kendell would
go on to be the largest
regional airline in the country at one time. Its initial
route was one given up by
Ansett-ANA. VH-DAP was delivered in August 1969.
. When sold off by Kendell it was modified
to include a wind driven winch for the purposes of towing
a naval gunnery target. On 1 November
1988, whilst engaged
with the navy for such practice (although with the target sleeve not
the aircraft crashed
into the sea some 52 km east of Stawell park,
NSW. The remains were never
found (it was quite deep water) and the
cause of the crash was never really determined.