Havilland D.H.89B Dragon Rapide
blurry, behind the fence, shot at Auckland, circa
1953. This aircraft was the former
RAF Dominie HG656 and
RNZAF's NZ527. In NZNAC service it was named
It was sold to Trans Island
Airways in 1957 and operated briefly with Coastal Airways in
Sold to Marlborough Aero Club in 1959 and then to Mount Cook Airlines
was withdrawn from
service in 1971. Flown across Tasman Sea in 1974, it became
VH-IAN registered to
to C. Tracey and Co. of East Melbourne. The end of the millennium
saw it still
registered in Australia, this time sporting the spurious "period"
(originally a Short Scion). This
Rapide is still currently airworthy in Australia.