De Havilland DH 89 Dragon
Rapide (c/n 6270)
The gorgeous photo above of Holyman's Airways
'Memma' comes from the
collection, via the archives of the Civil Aviation Historical
Society. Imported in 1935,.
passed to Australian
Airways and then to Airlines of Australia Ltd in 1938, retaining the
In July 1940 it was impressed by the RAAF as A33-3, then later released
as VH-UFF with Guinea Airways and
later Airlines(WA) Ltd before being sold to aircraft
& Dureau Ltd of
Melbourne in October 1948 for aerial photographic survey duties.
shot below was taken at Essendon
Airport in 1954.
was finally exported to New Caledonia
becoming F-OAVG for Transpac.
The humid jungle of that island took a terrible toll on
the old lady
and it was only operated for a
year, before being retired on 2 February 1957 at
for another Transpac D.H.89, F-OATC. At the foot of the
a couple of pictures from the Geoff Goodall collection showing F-OATC
and the remains
of F-OAVG at Noumea in