British Klemm L.25c-1 Swallow
Photographs of this Swallow have been difficult to
glean. The above and below images are from
Walters collection. Both are reputed to be in 1934, although that
is unlikely, since in the
below, the fuselage and rego are in 'reverse' livery and hence this was
probably taken when
aircraft was acquired by Airflite in 1938. This was the first
L.25 to be imported (in November
1934) and its original owner was Adastra Airways Ltd, who were
Australian agents for British Klemm.
.VH-USH had various owners in NSW
destroyed in a hangar fire at at Orange, NSW on
Correspondent, and master sleuth Graeme Parsons unearthed a story in
the Sydney Morning
the page) acknowledging the delivery of the diminutive monoplane.
The rego can in fact, be
discerned in the
scratchy photo on the left of the montage. The caption
read as follows:
yesterday demonstrated the
capabilities of the first British
Swallow monoplane to reach Australia. He revealed that the
has remarkable rapid climbing
facilities. The picture on the right was secured
by a 'Herald'
photographer from an Adastra
Below is the clipping from the newspaper describing
the aircraft's abilities. 135 German designed
Klemm L.25s were
the British Klemm Aeroplane Co. at London Air Park, at Hanworth
Middlesex). A half dozen or so made it to Australia.