VH-URB Simmonds Spartan Three
Imported from England in
April 1932, this two-in-the-front-and-one-behind biplane was initially
registered to Australian agents Bryce and Co Pty Ltd at Essendon.
It was sold the following year
Thorpe of Perth, then to James Taxi Planes Ltd and finally to Airlines
(WA) Ltd in 1935.
VH-URB was written off in a crash at
Mundaring in the Perth Hills on 16 October 1938. Both
the shot of the
wreckage (above) and the close-up (below) are from the Geoff Goodall
accident, pilot J.H. Moore reported that he had been caught in a severe
over heavily wooded
terrain. Both he and passenger escaped injury, although the
dbr. Airlines (WA) manager Charles Snook indicated that this
Three Seater had been
fitted with an
enclosed front cockpit (to give better performance) although it appears
not to have
modification when the close-up below was taken.