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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27110
Last updated: 7 April 2019
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Date:12-MAY-1937
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Airlines of Australia
Registration: VH-UVS
C/n / msn: 6265
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mascot, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Standing
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Mascot, NSW (SYD/YSSY)
Destination airport:Archerfield, Brisbane, Queens;land (YBAF)
Narrative:
C/no. 6265: C of A 4648 issued 8.1.35 to Asiatic Petroleum Co Ltd [a "Shell" company]; handed over 15.1.35. (2 x Gipsy Six engines #6091/6092) Erected and test-flown Mascot 27.3.35. Registered as VH-UVS 31.3.35 to Shell Co of Australia Ltd, Melbourne; named "The Spirit of Shell". ("Fixed" out-of-sequence marks after Shell Managing Director, Vernon Smith). The Rapide was fitted with extra fuel tanks to enable non-stop flights between capital cities in eastern Australia. The cabin had 6 armchairs made with woven cane for tropical service, and cabin walls insulated with Seapack for sound proofing. Walls were covered below the windows with grey leather, above the windows with cloth to match. Cabin floor was covered with grey carpet and woodwork painted to tone with the furniture. Behind the passenger cabin was a separate compartment for luggage with an outside loading door.

Shell stated that the aircraft was purchased to test new aviation fuels and lubricants under actual working conditions, fitted with special instruments to enable Shell Cos Aviation Department to supply data for their Chemical Department on fuel and oil testing. Modifications included oil temperature thermometers fitted to each engine, and distant-reading thermometers in the main petrol tanks, in one of the carburettors, and inside the cowling of the engines. An air temperature thermometer was later installed in the nose. Operated by Airlines of Australia Ltd with effect from early 1937.

Written off (destroyed by fire) 12.5.37: Fabric caught fire when port engine backfired during start up. Pilot Captain Peter Hoskins broke the cockpit perspex which allowed him and the 3 passengers to escape the flames and drop to the ground from the nose of the aircraft, all were injured and taken to hospital. Registration VH-UVS cancelled the same day.

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh89.pdf
2. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austu/VH-UVS.html
3. http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/dh89/dh89.htm
4. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh89-dragon-rapide-sydney
5. DH.89A VH-UVS on fire at Mascot 12/5/37: http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-144683263/view and http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-144683564/view
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_VH-U1.html
7. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/84-register-australia


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
12-Dec-2011 15:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Mar-2014 02:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Oct-2016 17:59 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 00:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source]
18-Feb-2019 18:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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