G-AUJQ  de Havilland D.H.66 Hercules                         (c/n  346)


                                     G-AUJQ was the third Hercules delivered to West Australian Airways and entered service on the
                                     two-day Perth-Adelaide route in 1929.   The two shots on this page are from the Geoff Goodall
                                     collection and show the large biplane as both G-AUJQ and VH-UJQ.     The image above was
                                     taken at Maylands Airport, Perth circa 1930 whilst the scratchy photograph below was probably
                                     at Kalgoorlie, WA.   The Hercules aircraft were expensive to operate and maintain and -UJQ
                                     and -UJP were sold to Imperial Airways a scant two years after entering WAA service.  -UJQ
                                     was offered in April 1931 by WAA's entrepreneurial founder Norman Brearley to Imperial Air-
                                     ways as an immediate replacement machine for their DH.66 G-EBME 'City of Cairo' which had
                                     crashed in bad weather on Portuguese Timor while on the First Experimental Air Mail service from
                                     London to Sydney.   By that time Vickers Viastras were beginning to replace the Hercules on the
                                     airline's Perth-Adelaide run and Brearley avowed he could spare -UJQ.   Imperial Airways accept-
                                     ed his price and -UJQ departed Maylands on 15 May 1931 for Darwin then London, flown by
                                     WAA Captain J.F.Nicholas and Imperial Airways Captain E.P.Mollard and engineer W.L. Gardner
                                     both from the ill-fated 'City of Cairo'.   It became G-ABMT with Imperial Airways and was named
                                     'City of Cape Town'.
  In 1934 it went the South African Air Force and was given the serial number
                                     261.    Its ultimate fate is obscure.