VH-URE  de Havilland  D.H.84 Dragon                              (c/n  6029)


                                      Seen above is a very nice image from the Geoff Goodall collection showing VH-URE at Archerfield
                                      in 1939 when it was working for Airlines of  Australia.  First registered in August of 1933, it went to
                                      WA Airways Ltd of Perth.   WAA's founder Norman Brearley flew the Dragon that same month on
                                      its first airline service up the WA coast to Derby, and reported it was "the nicest machine I have ever
                                      flown. The convenience of being able to converse with passengers during flight made a wonderful
                                      difference".  Like several other of WAA's machines it then went to Adelaide Airways before being
                                      transferred to Australian National Airways who named it 'Yanana'.   Immediately below is a photo
                                      from the Civil Aviation Historical Society archives (via Phil Vabre) showing it in ANA markings,
                                      while at the foot of the page is another Goodall image showing the aircraft at Port Hedland, circa
                                      1934 while it was with WA Airways.  By 1940 it was flying with Australian Aerial Medical Services
                                      (NSW Section).  This organization became the Flying Doctor Service of Australia in 1942 at which
                                      time the Dragon was re-registered VH-FDB and operated out of Broken Hill,. NSW.  In November
                                      of 1956 it went to Muir Airlines of Darwin, NT and was re-registered VH-DMA.   It was written
                                      off in a crash a year later (November 1957).   A photo of the wreckage (from the CAHS archives)
                                      can be seen below.