Rare shot of the first VH-EXA taken by Geoff
Goodall in the hangar at Essendon in May of 1962.
Bob Neate took one at Moorabbin (below)
about the same time - unfortunately cropped. Agents
in Australia were Executive Aviation. This machine had been
imported as VH-GKE
Territory Airlines in Papua New Guinea in February of 1962.
However, for a year commencing
July 1962 it was operated by the Lutheran Mission in
Madang, PNG.. Presumably,
above shot it was in for overhaul. Several
other Do.27s were flown by missions in
construction made them ideal for the
harsh conditions found in the territory. At the
its operation (probably a lease) by the Lutheran Mission the
Dornier was re-registered into
Execustive's block as VH-EXA (July 1963). By 1964 it was flying
for Ansett-MAL, also in PNG.
on 3 September 1964 it was written off at Dumpu, PNG when it crashed on
take off and
flames. Fortunately neither the pilot (Capt Ron Jaensch) nor the
passengers were injured.