VH-ABU behind the house on Brighton Road where it was stored. The house was demolished in 1969. ABU's owners assumed it destroyed but it had been towed away. It then changed hands several times always with a view to restoration and at one stage its original registration VH-UPA was reserved. Now displayed at the Hinkler museum in Bundaberg, Queensland, painted as CF-APK in which Bert Hinkler was killed in Italy in 1933.
Instructional airframe with 24 Sqn. Disposed of in 1969 and displayed at a service station near RAAF Laverton in Victoria. Later displayed at the Dubbo Military Museum, NSW. Sold in 2007 and present location unknown.
Fitted with a Cheetah 10 radial in 1960. There were plenty of these engines around after war surplus Airspeed Oxfords were refused approval for civil use. -SSX damaged in a grass fire ignited by a car exhaust while parked in a paddock near Keith, South Australia, on April 11, 1967. Struck off register.
Operated by TAA under a swap deal with Ansett in which it received three TAA Viscounts for two DC-6Bs. It was to allow the two airlines to operate identical fleets on identical schedules to bring stability to the airline industry after the collapse of ANA. The identical fleets crumbled in the 1980s and deregulation introduced in the 1990s. Neither TAA nor Ansett have survived.
The most stylish Dove to grace Australian skies, with the City Centre Air Taxi Service logo on the tail. Damaged landing at Lovely Banks, Victoria on November 17, 1968. Flown back to Moorabbin where an inspection revealed extensive wing damage. Written off. Displayed at various locations. Parts removed and others added over the years and last reported with components from VH-DHD and VH-DHI. Kevin Kerle photo.
Name Old Gold is a reference to a product of MacRoberston chocolates, which backed the airline. Coincidentally, VH-UTL (as it had become) was sold to Guinea Airways in Papua New Guinea for use on the gold fields. Certificate of Airworthiness lapsed in 1936. Photo from: National Library of Australia