VH-UVH (2) Porterfield
This aircraft has
had a long (and somewhat chequered) history. In 1935
Reg Ansett, a legendary figure
in Australian civil aviation purchased this Porterfield and proceeded
to give flying lessons in it, as a way of
creating interest in the concept of forming an airline to ferry farmers
in up-state Victoria into Melbourne.
The result, as we all know,
ended in the giant airline Ansett. In December of 1936, Mr.
the diminutive Porterfield in the Brisbane - Adelaide Air Race.
He was ultimately awarded first prize
(of five hundred pounds) after protesting about the handicap
system employed for the race. The nice
photo above was taken by
Wally Dalitz (via Kevin OReilly) at Essendon on 31 December 1946.
VH-UVH was one of the
aircraft which was badly damaged in the hangar
fire at Essendon in February
1939, which almost brought about an early demise to the then fledgling
Ansett Airways. -UVH was
withdrawn from use in 1950 and
struck off the register in August 1951. It re-emerged in
with a new
CofR and CofA and sporting a 75 hp Continental A-75 engine as seen in
my shot (below)
Moorabbin in 1954. Following that is a
pre-war photograph from the John
showing the Porterfield in its original form and livery, and with the
70 hp Le Blond power plant cowled.
After its 1952
rebuild this aircraft had a
succession of owners over the past
sixty (almost) years. Photo
No. 4 is by
Grahame Higgs taken at
Clifton, Queensland in 1995. It is still at Clifton and Ian
took a shot of the tail of it in the hangar in July 2016 (foot of page).