British Klemm L.25c-1 Swallow
Failing all other means of acquiring a picture, I
tasked master sleuth Graeme Parsons with unearthing
a shot of the
first British Klemm L.25 to be imported into Australia, providing him
with the date of its
registration (19 November 1934) and the fact that it was registered to
Klemm dealers Adastra
Ltd. His research revealed that the Sydney Morning
Herald acknowledged the delivery
of the diminutive monoplane in its issue of 11
March 1934 and on the image at the
upper left of this
clipping the rego can, in
fact, be discerned under the port wing.
read as follows: "Capt. Follett yesterday demonstrated the
capabilities of the first British
Swallow monoplane to reach Australia. He revealed that the
'plane has remarkable rapid
facilities. The picture on the right was secured by a 'Herald'
photographer from an Adastra
plane". Below is the clipping from the newspaper describing
the aircraft's abilities.
135 German designed Klemm L.25s were built by
the British Klemm Aeroplane Co. at London Air
Park, at Hanworth (in what was then
Middlesex). VH-USH had various owners in NSW until
destroyed in a hangar fire at at Orange, NSW on 3 March 1939..