G-AUCR Avro 547
The image above, from the Dave
Horn collection, is a rare shot showing the first of only two
Avro 547 tri-planes with its
Australian rego. The three shots below (upper from the CAHS
files and the two lower from Geoff Goodall's collection) illustrate it
sans rego, probably taken
Melbourne after it first arrived from the U.K. where it had been
It had been acquired by Qantas in November 1922 ostensibly to provide
Charleville and Katherine.
Although it placed second in the 1922 Australian Aerial Derby,
it is doubtful whether it
actually ever flew revenue passenger
services for QANTAS since it
to be totally
unsuitable for outback conditions plus apparently it was
structurally unsound, particularly in the undercarriage area.
Its registration was
lapse one year later, and the fuselage wound up as a chicken
house in Sydney.