VH-UZY de Havilland D.H.89A Dragon
Here's an evocative study of a working
Rapide, circa 1945, from the Geoff Goodall collection.
delivered in January 1938 and destined for W.R. Carpenter and Co Ltd's
Guinea service, the Rapide was quickly sold by the end of that year to
This outfit was founded by Cairns jeweller Tom McDonald, and itself was
merging into Airlines of Australia within a month of its
inception! Which makes Geoff's
shot of it (below) in
NQA titling extremely rare indeed! In AOA service is was
It was impressed by the RAAF in August 1940 as A33-6, being released in
1944 to Airlines
(WA) Ltd in Perth in
whose service it is seen above at Esperance, WA and named "RMA Perth".
small airline had, like many others, relinquished much of its fleet to
desperately needed replacements in order to maintain a modicum of
service. DCA there-
fore negotiated to
have a RAAF DH.89A released to it. A33-6 was being stored
Aircraft at Mascot for overhaul, so DCA arranged for it to be shipped
1944 along with spare parts from Rapide VH-UXT, and additional RAAF
Melbourne. On arrival in Perth, the aircraft and the spare parts
were found to be in extremely
leading to an acrimonious dispute between Airlines (WA) Ltd
and DCA over the
price. A major rebuild at Maylands resulted in VH-UZY being test
flown on 17 Nov
restored to the Civil Register two days later.
-UZY was sold to Connellan Airways
crashed on takeoff from Coolibah in the Northern Territory on 22
October 1949 and
destroyed in the resultant fire.