British Klemm BK.1 Eagle
Another 'better-than-nothing' image gleaned for me by Graeme
Parsons. This one came
from the Sydney
Morning Herald of 29 May 1936. The caption states:
'The Klemm Eagle 'plane in which
Mr. W.M. O'Hara (inset) crashed and was
Cadogan station, between Dubbo and Narromine'.*
VH-USP had been imported by Adastra Airways Ltd of Mascot in January
were the Australia
agents for British Klemm and sold it the following
month to O'Hara,
New Zeelander whose address was given as Malang, Java
NEI. He named the
craft 'Zeelandia', and
flew from Richmond to Mangere, New Zealand in October 1935.
To do so he had extra tanks
fitted to the Eagle, although these did not meet with CAB's
resulting in their cancelling its CofA.
Notwithstanding O'Hara completed the
flight in 12
hours 47 minutes, although damaged 'Zeelandia'
upon landing in the dark when
he struck a
fence. He had the Klemm repaired (by this time the CAB had pulled
and toured New Zealand in
it, still registered VH-USP. In March 1936 it was re-registered
At the end of April 1936 the Klemm was shipped to Sydney on board the
arriving on 5 May 1936. O'Hara planned to fly the Klemm to
Java via Perth.
crashed on take off from a property near Dubbo, NSW on 24 May 1936,
and O'Hara was killed in the crash
The Sydney Morning Herald's shot was taken before it went to New
Zealand, since, upon
its return to Sydney it was never repainted back to VH-USP (since it
had no valid CofA)
and it crashed,
therefore, as ZK-AEA.