VH-EPY DHC-2 Beaver
This early Beaver was imported from Malawi where it had
been flying for Air Malawi as 7Q-YIS.
Originally built at VP-YIS
for Central African Airways, it was delivered to Salisbury, Southern
as VP-YIS in 1950, and named 'Oryx'.
It arrived in Australia in March of 1969 for
Savage Air Services in
it is seen above in this shot by John Wheatley. In the
1980s and 90s it worked for
Aerial Crop Spraying & Spreading Pty Ltd out of
iquin, NSW. John
Hopton saw it at Moorabbin in November 1973 (below).
Sold in New
Zealand in 1994 as
ZK-BVR, it flew for three years as a parachute dropping aircraft for
land Parachute Club
at Parakai. By 1997 it was registered in the US as N888KM and
to Canada as C-GUMG
with Advanced Wing Technologies Corp. It returned to the US in
again as N888KM
and is still current, flying out of Eagle River, Alaska.