Aircraft Photo of VH-DRD | De Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover Mk1 | Trans-Australia Airlines - TAA | #120871
Registration / Serial:VH-DRD
Aircraft Original Type:De Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover
Aircraft Generic Type:De Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover
Aircraft Version:De Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover Mk1
Operator / Titles:Trans-Australia Airlines - TAA
C/n (msn):5010
Aircraft Name:St Vincent Welch
City / Airport:MooraberreeMap
Region / Country:Queensland, Australia
Airport Codes:ICAO: YMOO   IATA: OOR   Local: YMOO   Other: -
Photo Date:November 1980
Photo from:Ben Dannecker (via David Carter)
Photo ID: 120871
Photo Comment

VH-DRD crashed at Mooraberrie Station on January 11, 1952. It was stripped of useful parts and abandoned. The fuselage was taken to the homestead at the north side of the airfield and used as a chicken house. In 1980 the remains of -DRD were recovered to Mt Isa where they and parts from other aircraft were restored as a memorial for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Removing the fuselage from Mooraberrie required some caution as the world's deadliest land snake, the inland taipan, would have found it a happy hunting ground for mice and rats.

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