VH-MJD de Havilland D.H.104 Dove 6
This Dove was originally delivered to the
French Cie Nord Africaine de L'Hyperphosphate as
F-BFVL in 1951.
It was re-registered F-OABL when it went to Textile Cotoniere.
to mainland France in 1956,
it went to SNCA de Sud Ouest as a company hack and reverted to
August 1957 it was sold in the U.K. to the brewery conglomerate Ind
Allsopp becoming G-APCZ.
After shuttling brewery management around for a decade it was sold
in Australia to
Chartwell Pty Ltd in September 1967 as VH-MJD. Geoff
Goodall saw it (above)
at Adelaide Airport in
August 1968 with its dba livery. The photo below by David Eyre
at Bankstown, somewhat
earlier in April 1968. I suspect the color scheme
was the one it was
wearing at Ind Coope's and
just not changed when it went to Chartwell .
Anyway, Chartair did
not have it long since it
soon went to Air
Oasis and then in in 1970 it was registered in Indonesia
as PK-LEA with PT Saatas East
Indonesia. As such it was one of the the many
damaged at Darwin Airport by
Cyclone Tracey on Christmas Day 1974.