Fokker F.27 Friendship VH-CAV


A beautiful shot above of Fokker F.27 Mk 100 Friendship VH-CAV (c/n 10131) outside the DCA hangar at Melbourne/Essendon in May 1962. The aircraft is painted in the DCA house colours of white with light blue trim, and carries the DCA logo on forward fuselage and fin, but does not yet have a weather radar in the nose.

DCA ordered two brand new Friendships during 1959 so that the regulator had experience on the same airliner type that was being purchased in numbers at that time by Australian airlines such as TAA, East West Airlines, MacRobertson Miller Airlines, Ansett-ANA and its subsidiaries Airlines of NSW, Airlines of SA and Queensland Airlines.

VH-CAT & VH-CAV were delivered from the Fokker factory in Netherlands to Australia in September 1959 and VH-CAV was registered on 24 September 1959. Both Friendships were based at Essendon and used for a variety of roles, including radio navigation aid calibration work throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea.

 

VH-CAV


The photos above and below show VH-CAV at Coolangatta in 1966 - the Control Tower is just visible in the lower photo.

 

VH-CAV
 
F27 VH-CAV


The photo above shows VH-CAV taxying at Essendon outside the DCA Flying Unit's hangar, framed by the wing of one of the other DCA F.27s. Similary, the shot below shows VH-CAV outside the hangar at Essendon on 30 November 1968 with one of her sister-ships in the background. In the years since the top photo was taken the aircraft has been modified by fitting weather radar in the nose, evidenced by the black radome. One of the outcomes of the investigation into the crash of Viscount VH-TVC into Botany Bay in 1961 was a requirement for all turbine-powered aircraft to be equipped with weather radar, and DCA's Fokkers were no exception.

 

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The photo below shows VH-CAV outside the DCA hangars at Essendon in April 1973.

 

VH-CAV

After replacement by Fokker 28s in the airways survey role, VH-CAV was sold to the UK, becoming G-STAN. Its Australian registration was cancelled on 30 January 1979.

(Photos: 1-Geoff Goodall; 2&3-CAHS/Ben Dannecker collection / 4-CAHS/Terry Martin collection / 5-Roger McDonald / 6-CAHS/Ben Dannecker collection)

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