ZK-AQV  de Havilland D.H.104 Dove            (c/n  04050)


                                       ZK-AQV was the first Dove to be imported into New Zealand arriving in early 1948.  Soon after
                                       being assembled by De Havilland at Rongotai it passed to the Royal New Zealand Air Force as
                                       NZ1801, the first of some thirty D.H. Devons (as the military Dove was known) to be operated
                                       by that air arm.  Photos of it in civilian guise are, therefore, quite rare. It was retired from the
                                       RNZAF in 1963 and put into storage.  In 1970 it was sold to Australian Helicopters Ltd of Para-
                                       field, Adelaide, South Australia and registered VH-MGT.  After a series of owners it was withdrawn
                                       from use and was on display in an Adelaide museum during mid 1990s.  It is reported to be in storage
                                       in South Australia.