Havilland D.H.114 Heron 2B
debated puttting Turkey in the European Section (I know that's where
the Turks would like be)
but, since most of the aviation
activity occured on the Asian side, that is where I have indexed the
(only two) photos I have of TC-
aircraft. Turkish Airlines was established in 1933 as Devlet Hava
(DHY) by the Ministry of Public Works, with an initial route from
Istanbul to Ankara via
Ekisehir. de Havilland aircraft were used extensively (D.H.89A
Rapides and D.H.86 Expresses).
After WW II it was renamed Turk Hava Yollari (THY)
and in the 1950s the airline again looked
to the Hatfield
manufacturer for aircraft for its internal services. Seven Heron
2Bs were ordered.
They served the airline well for
a decade (remarkably none were lost, and maybe as a tribute to
their reliability) and in 1966
they were all sold to Aviation Developments Corporation and converted
Herons. From there they were sold all over the world.
TC-HIZ was still flying for Air
late as the 1990s.