DeHavilland Dove / Devon

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DeHavilland Dove aircraft
This aircraft was the first Dove/Devon used by the Royal New Zealand Air Force.


Arrived in early 1948 and assembled by De Havilland at Rongotai.
Entered the New Zealand Civil Aircraft Register as ZK-AQV.
The C of A was issued on 09 April 1948 and was cancelled on 27 November of that year.
BOC with the RNZAF on 20 April 1948 as a VIP aircraft with the General Purpose Flight based at Ohakea.
To 42 Squadron Ohakea as NZ1801.
Into storage at Woodbourne in June 1963 and advertised for sale by GSB tender 24 April 1970.
Total airframe hours were given as 4003:30.

Sold in April 1970 to Australian Helicopters Ltd, Parafield, SA and registered as VH-MGT 01 June 1971.
To Airfast Helicopters, Mascot, NSW 20 November 1974.
To Armor Coatings Ltd, Park, SA 18 April 1975.
To M. Rainsford, South Perth, WA 22 April 1976.
Removed from register 10 September 1976 as withdrawn from use.

The aircraft currently has no engines and uses dummy propellers, the nose gear has been removed to make it look like a tail dragger, the interior is fairly bare also.
This is a great display piece with a good history, located just west of Sydney NSW, Australia.
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