DE HAVILLAND HERON 2D/A1 VH-KAM C/N 14123

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Delivered to Aviacion y Comercio S.A. (Aviaco) of Spain as Heron 2D with Gipsy Queen engines. Registered EC-AOF (7 hr 5 min).

Sold to Morton Air Services Ltd., as G-ASVC.

Delivered to Gatwick but never entered service with Morton.

Sold to Fiji Airways as VQ-FAF.

Delivered to Fiji Airways. (4962 hr 55 min).

Arrived at Hawker de Havilland Bankstown as VQ-FAF. (Source: 5)

Departed Bankstown for Fiji. (Source: 6)

Test flown at Nausori (Suva) by Captain Russ Hilder. (Source: 8)

Fiji Airways changed their name to Air Pacific.

Aircraft painted and Re-registered DQ-FAF (new Fiji nationality marking).
Log Book #2 opened at Total Time: 11087 hrs 80 (sic) min i.e. 11088 hr 20 min. (Source: 1)

Last revenue flying with Air Pacific - 6 flights, 4hr 30 min. Total Time: 14939 hr 5 min. (Source: 1)

Test flown 35 min. (Source: 1)

Test flown 35 min. (Source: 1)

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: 4)

DQ-FAF arrived Brisbane (Eagle Farm) on delivery to Connair, Alice Springs as DQ-FAF in full Air Pacific colours. (Source: 7)

Departed Brisbane for Alice Springs. (Source: 7)

Final entry in Air Pacific log book #3. Added "25 hr 00 mins approx hrs - ferry flt Fiji-ASP".
Total Time: 14964 hr 75 (sic) min i.e. 14965 hr 15 min. (Source: 1)

Converted by Connair to Riley Heron 2D/A1 with Lycoming engines.

Registered VH-KAM. (Source: 3)

Delivered to Kendell Airlines, still in Air Pacific livery but marked as VH-KAM. (15,032 hr 50 min). This date was previously recorded as 29JAN76 but it is believed that the aircraft was actually delivered in late 1975.

Sold to Premiair (later Kendell Airlines) of Wagga Waggaas VH-KAM. (14,965 hr 0 min).

Rolled out at Wagga Wagga in Kendell colours. (Source: 4)

Operated a Kendell Airlines service Wagga-Melbourne-Wagga. It is suspected that this was its first revenue flight with Kendell but this is subject to confirmation. (Source: 2)

Sold to Davey Air Services as VH-KAM.

Davey Air Services taken over by Avdev Airlines. Aircraft operated with "Avdev Airlines Davey" titles and inscription "B-52" under cockpit window!

Operating name changed to Avdev Airlines.

Sold to East Coast Airlines as VH-KAM.

Departed Sydney on lease to Tongair of Tonga as VH-KAM.

Returned to Sydney.

Change of ownership to Seaspan P/L, Denham Court, NSW. (Source: 9)

Sold to Airlines of Tasmania as VH-KAM.

Was to be delivered to Sunflower Airlines of Fiji as DQ-FEC "Belo Loa" (Grey Heron) but the transaction did not eventuate.

Visited Bicentennial Air Show at Richmond.

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)

Returned to Airlines of Tasmania. (26,885 hr 9 min)

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

Sold to Australia Pacific Air Parts, Burleigh Gardens, Qld. After parts reclamation, the airframe was donated to the Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston.

Queen Victoria Museum accepted QAMs proposal to exchange a radial engine for VH-KAM.

Struck off Register as withdrawn from service.

QAM recovery crew arrived in Tasmania.

Aircraft arrived QAM Caloundra by road.

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly
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Compiled By Ron Cuskelly

Sources

1

Air Pacific Log Books held by QAM., , #2 AUG71-JUN74#3 JUN74-MAY75

2

Gordon Reid

3

Geoff Goodall

4

Stephen Marshall

5

Australian Air Log Vol. 1 No. 2

6

Australian Air Log Vol. 1 No. 4

7

Ron Cuskelly

8

Captain Russ Hilder (log book)

9

AustAirData, Tony Arbon

DATE: 10 DEC 09

Remarks

Added entry at MAY85 from Source: 9.

Issue: 13

DATE: 21 APR 20

Added two recent images thanks to Angelo Calleja.

Issue: 12

DATE: 23 OCT 19

Added an image of VH-KAM with the other Kendell Airlines Heron VH-CLW. Thanks to Phil Vabre of the Civil Aviation Historical Society. Added information from Captain Russ Hilder (Source 8).

Issue: 11

DATE: 04 OCT 19

Added entries from Source: 1.
Corrected the dates of delivery and entering service with Kendell Airlines.

Issue: 10

DATE: 22 SEP 19

Added an image of the aircraft as G-ASVC and as VQ-FAF thanks to Geoff Goodall.
Also added two images of the aircraft on approach to Brisbane on 14MAY75.

Issue: 09

DATE: 04 SEP 19

Added a recent image after fitment of four propellers.

Issue: 08

DATE: 02 JUL 19

Added a recent image after painting and fitment of engine cowls.

Issue: 07

DATE: 20 JAN 19

Added details of Connair’s purchase of the aircraft in April 1975. Also added three images. Thanks to Stephen Marshall.

Issue: 06

DATE: 11 AUG 17

Added a recent image of painting in progress.

Issue: 05

DATE: 10 NOV 09

Added a recent image of the restoration in progress.

Issue: 04

DATE: 06 SEP 09

Added a photo of VH-KAM in Air Pacific livery thanks to Allan Walker.

Issue: 03

DATE: 18 JUN 09

No Remarks

Issue: 02

DATE: 14 MAY 02

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