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
Incredibly, this is the first production Canberra delivered to the RAF in October 1950. It was over the nose of this aircraft that Australian prime minister Robert Menzies poured champagne on January 19, 1951 when naming the new bomber "Canberra". In 1957 WD929 was converted to a U10 drone. Shipped to the RAAF's Weapons Research Establishment in 1959 and destroyed by a missile on October 15 that year. Remains turned up in a scrapyard in the Adelaide industrial suburb of Wingfield.
VH-UZU remains on the register in 2019. It has spend several periods off the register over the years. It most recently returned to the register in 1988 restored in the livery it wore on its arrival in 1937. Photo from: National Library of Australia