The Koolhoven series of
lightplanes could be considered to be the 1920s equivalent of a
Fairchild F24 or perhaps a latter
day Cessna 172, although it was somewhat under powered
with a 95
hp Cirrus III. The resemblance to the Desoutter (see VH-UPR) is not accidental.
The Desoutter Company was formed in
1929 to produce the FK.41 under licence in the UK.
Some 40 or so were built . This was one
of them, and was the former G-AALI. Desoutter
then went on to
build more modified
FK.41s under the Desoutter name. VH-ULX was import-
Australia in 1929 for a Mrs.
F.M. Terry of Sydney. It had several other private owners,
(and accidents), and
finally came to grief in a crash at Condobolin, NSW on 3 March 1938.
Several of these
owners seemed to have a propensity for landing it on
beaches. At the foot of
is a clipping from the Brisbane Courier Mail for 31 December 1935
showing a mishap
which occurred at
Southport, Qld.. (Interesting that the repairs were estimated at 50
quid - a
today might get you a reasonable meal at one of London's better
year later, on
Christmas Eve 1936 this aircraft was again damaged when it overturned
on a beach,
this time at Brunswick Heads, NSW. The photo
above is from the A J Jackson
Brooklands Museum. while the
image below is from the John Oxley Library, State
outside Qantas' hangar at Archerfield circa 1938.
Following that is a
photo from the Bruce Robinson collection showing the Koolhoven probably
mid-1930s by which time it had received a totally different paint