VP-PAA de Havilland D.H.104 Dove 6
first aircraft registered in the Solomon Islands was this Dove, which
was ex VH-DHF.
was owned by Laurie Crowley who launched charter
flights to the
Solomons from his base
Papua/New Guinea. When regularly scheduled flights
commenced he named the company
Airways (after the dark, pigeon like bird which inhabits the region -
one of whose
that it will only fly if absolutely necessary, preferring to remain on
Anyway, I am indebted to Bob Smith of Kiama, NSW for the rare shot
Accompanying it for
this photo shoot was
VH-RUN which later became VP-PAL. In
February 2012 I received the photo below from Robert Milburn (taken
during his days in
the Solomons) of
VP-PAA in company
with a US Navy R6D-1/C-118B (BuNo 131606).
This DC-6 was
civilianized in 1981 as N4206L
for North Air Cargo, incidentally,.
meanwhile, was withdrawn from use and cancelled from the register iin