Publicity at the time VH-UXA was delivered in January 1937, it to be used to deliver the latest shoes to customers around Australia. By 1939 it had undertaken several "expeditions" of central Australia and made flights throughout South East Asia and to Hong Kong. The places visited were recorded on the fuselage side. At the end of February 1939, it was flown to the UK where it became G-AFTF.
CF-MPA and its three sister ships lined up for the handover to the Mounties in this photo supplied by the RCMP. In alphabetical order the others are c/ns 7531, 7522 and 7538. -MPA passed to Canadian air force as 7628.
VH-UTJ suffered no less than four incidents that resulted in the port undercarriage collapsing It had another where the port gear was bent and two ground fires, the last of which was on August 9, 1955 at Tennant Creek from which it did not recover. It is believed the photo shows the October 1945 Cloncurry accident. The tail is marked with a blue and white fin flash like that on military aircraft in the Pacific Theatre in WW2.
This was the only four-passenger Dragonfly to serve Manchester Ringway on scheduled services. Western Airways operated it on their route from Weston-super-Mare via Birmingham (Elmdon). Red and white rudder bands and red registration on dark metallic blue fuselage. From family album.
Built in 1937 for Air Service Training, Hamble. Operated as an executive aircraft by Silver City Aws between 1950 and sale in 1960. The plane's finish was gilt. Crashed on take-off at Elmdon 3 March 1961.