DE HAVILLAND HERON 2D/A1 VH-KAM
MSN 14123

 



EC-AOF
   
02OCT57
  Delivered to Aviacion y Comercio S.A. (Aviaco) of Spain as Heron 2D with Gipsy Queen engines. Registered EC-AOF (7 hr 5 min).
G-ASVC
   
31JUL64
  Sold to Morton Air Services Ltd., as G-ASVC.
20AUG64
  Delivered to Gatwick but never entered service with Morton.
VQ-FAF
   
01OCT64
  Sold to Fiji Airways as VQ-FAF.
16NOV64
  Delivered to Fiji Airways. (4962 hr 55 min).
26FEB65
  Arrived at Hawker de Havilland Bankstown as VQ-FAF. (Source Australian Air Log Vol. 1 No. 2)
15APR65
  Departed Bankstown for Fiji. (Source Australian Air Log Vol. 1 No. 4)
APR71
  Fiji Airways changed their name to Air Pacific.
DQ-FAF
   
72
  Re-registered DQ-FAF (new Fiji nationality marking).
APR75
  Connair Assistant General Manager, Stephen Marshall, and Engineering Manager, Bob Bovill, flew to Suva to negotiate the purchase of the three Air Pacific Herons, DQ-FAC, DQ-FAE and DQ-FAF which were time expired on the main spars. A representative from Prinair of Puerto Rico, then the world's largest operator of Herons, was also trying to purchase the aircraft but he incurred the displeasure of the Air Pacific General Manager and consequently it was Connair that was successful in acquiring the three aircraft and all the spare parts for $50,000. (Source: Stephen Marshall)
14MAY75
  DQ-FAF arrived Brisbane (Eagle Farm) on delivery to Connair, Alice Springs as DQ-FAF in full Air Pacific colours.
15MAY75
  Departed Brisbane for Alice Springs.
VH-KAM
   
JAN76
  Sold to Premiair (later Kendell Airlines) of Wagga Wagga as VH-KAM. (14,965 hr 0 min).
29JAN76
 

Converted by Connair to Riley Heron 2D/A1 with Lycoming engines and delivered to Kendell Airlines, still in Air Pacific livery but marked as VH-KAM. (15,032 hr 50min).

FEB76
  Rolled out at Wagga Wagga in Kendell colours. (Source: Stephen Marshall)
AUG80
  Sold to Davey Air Services as VH-KAM.
AUG81
  Davey Air Services taken over by Avdev Airlines. Aircraft operated with "Avdev Airlines Davey" titles and inscription "B-52" under cockpit window!
82
  Operating name changed to Avdev Airlines.
01MAY84
  Sold to East Coast Airlines as VH-KAM.
16MAR85
  Departed Sydney on lease to Tongair of Tonga as VH-KAM.
01MAY85
  Returned to Sydney.
16JUL85
  Sold to Airlines of Tasmania as VH-KAM.
15SEP85
  Was to be delivered to Sunflower Airlines of Fiji as DQ-FEC "Belo Loa" (Grey Heron) but the transaction did not eventuate.
OCT88
  Visited Bicentennial Air Show at Richmond.
26JUN92
  Delivered to Wellington, N.Z. on lease to Vincent Airlines as VH-KAM. Carried basic Airlines of Tasmania livery (white with black outline of Tasmania on tail) with Vincent titles. (24,687 hr 30 min)
21SEP93
  Returned to Airlines of Tasmania. (26,885 hr 9 min)
04NOV94
 

Last flight (Launceston-Flinders Island-Launceston). Pilot Kevin Swiggs.
Last log entry (29,999 hr 7 min).

30JUN97
  Sold to Australia Pacific Air Parts, Burleigh Gardens, Qld. After parts reclamation, the airframe was donated to the Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston.
05SEP97
  Queen Victoria Museum accepted QAM’s proposal to exchange a radial engine for VH-KAM.
25SEP97
  Struck off Register as withdrawn from service.
08FEB98
  QAM recovery crew arrived in Tasmania.
18FEB98
  Aircraft arrived QAM Caloundra on truck.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 



 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
6
11AUG17
Added details of Connair's purchase of the aircraft in April 1975. Also added three images. Thanks to Stephen Marshall.
Image 1 Image 2 Image 3
5
10NOV09
Added a recent image of painting in progress.
4
06SEP09
Added a recent image of the restoration in progress.
3
18JUN09
Added a photo of VH-KAM in Air Pacific livery thanks to Allan Walker.
2
14MAY02
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