VH-AAU Salamaua

Type: L-10A Electra
MSN: 1108
Previous Identities: Nil
Subsequent Identities: ZK-ALI


31JUL37 Completed at Burbank.
29SEP37 Arrived Melbourne on the S.S. "Wairuna". Assembled at Essendon by Brown and Dureau.
15OCT37 CofR No 667 issued to Guinea Airways as VH-AAU. Aircraft ferried from Essendon to Parafield same day.
05MAR38 Returning from Sydney in bad weather, control was lost and the aircraft entered a spin losing considerable altitude. Control was regained near the township of Mannum and the aircraft flew south to Murray Bridge with a faulty starboard engine. The aircraft landed after dark on the race course which was illuminated with car headlights. After examination, the starboard engine was changed. The aircraft was being flown by Capt Hugh Hughes and First Officer Jim Lang.
02NOV38 Chartered to the Department of Civil Aviation for testing the newly installed Lorenz navigation beacons on the main Australian air routes.
39 During the winter of 1939, the aircraft was holding prior to landing at Adelaide. In bad weather and strong winds, the aircraft drifted to the east and subsequently descended through tree tops at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills. After landing safely, the aircraft was found to have foliage in the undercarriage and damaged leading edges. The aircraft was being flown by Capt Dallas Scott and First Officer Jim Corlette.
22JUL39 Departed Darwin on a survey flight to Dili in Portuguese Timor in preparation for Qantas flying boat operations. The Minister for Civil Aviation, J.V. Fairbairn, travelled on the flight.
11DEC39 Commenced a charter to the RAAF based at Richmond.
28MAR41 The aircraft was inadvertently landed wheels up on the grass at Parafield by Capt Bob Godsell with minimal damage and no injuries.
SEP41 Chartered to ANA for their daily Adelaide- Mount Gambier-Melbourne service.
DEC42 Participated in the Buna campaign in New Guinea.
43 Used extensively on the Adelaide to Darwin courier run with numerous forced landings.
30JAN44 Unscheduled landing at Parafield with u/s Sperry artificial horizon. Was operating a scheduled Guinea Airways service to Batchelor. Capt Schubert and F/O Austen. (NAA via G. Goodall)
05AUG46 Added to the N.Z. Register as ZK-ALI.
26AUG46 Struck off the Australian Register as withdrawn from service.
28AUG46 Sold to Union Airways of N.Z. Ltd. Flown to Essendon and shipped from Melbourne to New Zealand.
05OCT46 Arrived in Wellington on the "Salamaua". Because of problems with the supply of radio equipment, the aircraft was initially stored dismantled in a hangar at Rongotai, Wellington.
MAY47 Ferried from Wellington to Palmerston North.
05AUG47 CofA issued as ZK-ALI and later entered service with NAC as "Koweka".
20OCT49 Last scheduled passenger flight with NAC.
29OCT49 Last flight.
14APR50 CofA expired and aircraft stored at Palmerston North.
26APR51 Ownership transferred to Rural Aviation Ltd of New Plymouth.
MAR53 The aircraft was dismantled and taken by road to New Plymouth. A proposed sale to Overland Air Services of Condoblin, NSW was not completed.
24NOV53 Cancelled from the N.Z. Register.
61 Scrapped at New Plymouth.

Issue Date Remarks
3 03APR16
Refreshed page layout with no change to data.
2 06MAR06
Added reference to incident on 30JAN44.
1 08FEB00
Original issue

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