CHRISLEA CH.3 SUPER ACE SERIES 2 VH-BRO
MSN 132

 

 

AIRCRAFT Magazine of May 1949
announces the arrival of the Chrislea in Australia.


(Click on the image to read the article as a PDF)


48
  Built by Chrislea Aircraft Ltd., Exeter Airport, Devon, UK. Fitted with a DH Gipsy Major 10 engine of 145hp. (Source: 1)
    Ordered by the Australian Chrislea agent, Brown & Dureau Ltd., Melbourne, VIC. (Source: 1)
OCT48
  The Australian DCA allocated the registration VH-BRO at the request of Brown & Dureau. (Source: 1)
14OCT48
  First flown at Exeter. (Source: 1)
22OCT48
  British CofA issued as VH-BRO to Brown & Dureau Ltd., Melbourne, VIC. (Source: 1)
    Crated and shipped to Melbourne. The first of type in Australia. (Source: 1)
17MAR49
  Registration application by Robert L. Green, "Minamere" Station, Nelia, QLD. Later changed to "Thylungi" Station. Yalleroi via Blackall, QLD. (Source: 1)
19MAR49
  Test flown at Essendon by Brown & Dureau. Aircraft was silver with blue trim. (Source: 1)
23MAR49
  Australian CofA issued. (Source: 1)
25MAR49
  Added to Register as VH-BRO to Robert L. Green, "Minamere" Station, Nelia, Qld. (Source: 1)
25MAR49
  Departed Essendon on delivery to Queensland flown by Group Captain Norman Adler, Technical Manager of Brown & Dureau's Aviation Division. (Source: 1)
FEB50
  Mr Green wrote to DCA advising that he wished to fit a different propeller because he was not obtaining satisfactory cruising speeds at specified cruising RPM. The existing propeller suffers continuous gravel damage on unmade airstrips due to its diameter, which gives low ground clearance. Negotiations with DCA and Chrislea in the UK ensued. (Source: 1)
20JUL50
  Damaged in a forced landing at "Bora" Station, QLD. The tip of one propeller blade broke away in flight and the engine was dislodged from its mounts. Further minor damage resulted from the forced landing. Pilot R.L. Green. (Source: 1)
22NOV51
  CofA renewed after rebuild to R. L. Green, "Thylungi" Station, Blackall, Qld. During the rebuild the aircraft was fitted with a new type of propellor. (Source: 1)
04APR54
  Change of ownership to Arthur M. Lowe, Julia Creek, QLD. (Source: 1)
30APR54
  Change of ownership to William J. Spence, "Culloden" Station, Muttaburra, QLD. (Source: 1)
15FEB55
  Change of ownership to Air Mech, Bankstown Airport, Sydney, NSW. Air Mech was a subsidiary of Fawcett Aviation Pty. Ltd., Bankstown. Fawcett also operated the Illawarra Flying School. (Source: 1)
    Doug Fawcett later wrote about the Illawarra Flying School in his book Pilots and Propellers : "Although we had the six Tiger Moths, it was obvious we needed some different types of aircraft to allow the pilots to further their experience. So we purchased, over a period, six Austers, a Chipmunk, and a Fairchild Argus plus the odd aircraft we kept for a short time. I traded my 30 foot DC-3 motor home for a three-seater high wing Desoutter and a Chrislea Ace. The British built Chrislea was an unusual aircraft and its controls were not standard. The rudders were operated like organ pedals with the front section moving up and down - pushing the right pedal down moved the right rudder to the right and vice versa. The elevators were operated by moving the control wheel up for elevator down, and down for elevator up, which was all very confusing. We did not keep it for long."
03JUL55
  Change of ownership to Reginald S. & C. Young, Yanco, NSW. (Source: 1)
19OCT56
  Change of ownership to Peter K. Gerakiteys, Newcastle, NSW. (Source: 1)
15OCT60
  Visited an air show at Tamworth, NSW by which time it had been repainted white with red and blue trim. Reportedly being operated by the Newcastle Aero Club. (Source: 1)
AUG61
  Noted at Rutherford Airfield, West Maitland, NSW. (Source: 1)
OCT62
  Noted at Rutherford Airfield, West Maitland, NSW where it was based. (Source: 1)
17NOV62
  Noted at Rutherford painted white and red. (Source:1)
11JAN63
  Noted at Camden, NSW. (Source:1)
13MAR63
  Change of ownership to P. L. Cox & Mathew Brothers, "Rockdale" Station, Yanco, NSW. (Source:1)
12JAN64
  Noted at Albury, NSW painted white with red and blue trim and engine removed. (Source:1)
28JAN64
  Noted at Albury, NSW painted white with red and blue trim and engine removed. (Source:1)
03MAY65
  Last flight, Yanco-Oxley-Yanco. Withdrawn from service pending an overhaul. (Source: 1)
08JUL67
  Noted on "Rockdale" Research Station near Yanco, NSW, complete but withdrawn from service. The rear cabin perspex had been covered over with fabric. The aircraft was parked in a shed with the wreck of Fox Moth VH-GAS which crashed near here in October 1962. (Source: 1)
21JUL69
  Struck off Register at owner's request. (Source: 1)
    Sold without CofA to Newton Hodgekiss, Sydney, NSW. (Source: 1)
72
  Sold as a restoration project to Cliff Douglas, Tallebudgera QLD. Short Scion VH-UTV was purchased from Hodgekiss at the same time and both were collected in Sydney by Nick & Greg Challinor of Murwillumbah, NSW and transported by road to Tallebudgera where Cliff Douglas later opened the Chewing Gum Field Air Museum. (Source: 1)
18AUG76
  Noted stored dismantled and in poor condition in the main hangar at CGFAM. (Source: 1)
18APR78
  Noted dismantled at Tallebudgera. (Source: 1)
23APR80
  Noted dismantled at Tallebudgera. (Source: 1)
    Transported unrestored by Gary Volkers from Tallebudgera to Scheyville, western Sydney where it was stored under cover with aircraft of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS). Reportedly the Chrislea was still owned by Cliff Douglas. (Source: 1)
MAY87
  Bare fuselage frame with no fabric noted at Scheyville. (Source: 1)
APR92
  Sold to Queensland Air Museum by Gary Volkers on behalf of Cliff Douglas. Aircraft was missing engine, wheels and fabric.
MAY92
  Collected from Sydney and trucked to Brisbane and stored.
JAN04
  Wings moved from Brisbane to Caloundra where they were stored in a shipping container with the fuselage.
NOV12
  Restoration commenced.

 

SOURCES

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Original research by Geoff Goodall.
For more information on the Chrislea CH.3 in Australia, please refer to: Geoff Goodall's Aviation History Site.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
10
22MAY17
Added a recent image of the aircraft.
9
28JAN17
Added an image of the aircraft at Rutherford circa 1962 thanks to Darryl Connor and Geoff Goodall.
Also added a recent image of restoration progress.
8
17OCT16
Added an image of the aircraft in storage at Scheyville in 1987 thanks to Bob Livingstone.
7
17APR16
Added a series of six images of the aircraft at Inverell. Thanks to Barry Admans.
6
26JUL15
Updated and expanded with additional information from Geoff Goodall's Aviation History Site.
5
23JAN15
Added a recent image of the aircraft under restoration.
4
22APR13
Added a recent image of the aircraft under restoration.
3
09JAN04
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