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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25645
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Date:29-JAN-1951
Time:
Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:Mandated Airlines
Registration: VH-AAC
C/n / msn: 6025
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Slate Creek, Morobe -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Lae, New Guinea (LAY/AYNZ)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Dragon VH-AAC had an interesting history. Built by deHavillands at Stag Lane, it was the personal aeroplane of the "Prince of Wales". Registered as G-ACGG 12.6.33 to HRH The Prince of Wales.

G-ACGG was the 2nd Dragon to be outfitted with the 'De Luxe Scheme 8' luxury interior which included a separate toilet, wash basin and luggage compartment (costing 190). The first Dragon with the Scheme Eight interior was purchased by William Lindsay Everard, MP registered as G-ACEK.

The interior was also outfitted with leather armchairs that used an aluminum frame with taller back, padded leather with red and fawn piping. The interior upholstery followed the red and fawn leather scheme with red fittings and bulk heads; there was also a clock and 'aneroid' mounted on the cabin bulkhead. The passenger compartment was sound proofed and air ducts were provided for each seat.

The fuselage was painted in the Guards Regiment scheme of deep red and dark blue, which was the Prince's favorite. The wings and tail were silver. The aircraft was sold in 1935 to Richard Shuttleworth who later created the Shuttleworth collection of historic aircraft.

Re-registered 29.4.36 to Leonard H Stace, Heston (CofR 6960). Registration cancelled 9.12.37 as "sold abroad".

To Australia as VH-AAC. Impressed into RAAF Service 17/04/41 as A34-10. Sold 29.8.44 and reverted to VH-AAC

Crashed at Slate Creek, Morobe, New Guinea 29.1.51. Its remains were purchased by Territory Airlines in 1952 for rebuild but this was never proceeded with, and instead parts were incorporated into sister craft VH-AIA

Sources:

1. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p060.html
2. http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ACGG.pdf
3. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austa/VH-AAC.html
4. http://www.adf-gallery.com.au//2a34.shtml
5. https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/threads/prince-of-wales-private-aircraft-1933-dragon.6208/
6. http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/dh84-pt1/dh84-dragon-pt1.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
01-May-2010 23:14 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
01-Jan-2012 10:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
04-Apr-2014 17:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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