Air Enthusiast 2001-07
J.Gerritsma - Tri-motor Bushman
First DHA product to see the light of day was the G-2 assault glider. Note the nose section, taken from a previous product, the DH.84 Dragon.
An illustration of the first production example of the de Havilland G.2 glider built in Australia. Compared with the prototype, the production model had a revised wing outline, as shown here, with no taper on the inboard panels. Another small change concerned the cabin windows, which were square instead of round.
The first two Drovers, VH-DHA (left) with VH-BMU. Behind and to the right is an example of the type the Drover was designed to replace, the DH.84 Dragon.
Drover 2 'VH-FDT' is on show at Lasham, UK.
Mk.3a ZK-DDD of Great Barrier Airlines. Aircraft flown in New Zealand and not intended to fly outside of the country frequently drop the 'ZK-' suffix to their registration.
The prototype, shortly after roll-out in January 1948.
Roll out of the prototype, VH-DHA, January 1948.
'John Flynn', Drover 3 VH-FDC in RFDS colours.
Drover IF VH-AZS of the Drage's Historical Aircraft Museum.
Mk.2 VQ-FAS of Fiji Airways
TAA operated Drovers on its own services, as well as for the Northern Territory Medical Service. Mk.1 VH-DRE was converted to 1F, 2 and later 3 configuration.
VH-FDS in Murchison Air Services colours.
VH-ADN, in Drover 2 status with Lindeman Island.
In flight portrait of VH-DHA with the wing showing its Dove lineage
VH-AZS operated by TAA for the Northern Territory Medical Service.
In Drover 3a guise, VH-UMA, was later operated in New Zealand.
The first two Drovers, VH-DHA (left) with VH-BMU. Behind and to the right is an example of the type the Drover was designed to replace, the DH.84 Dragon.
With 14 degree dihedral on the tail surfaces, Drover 3a VH-FDU of Coveair.
The last Drover built, VH-DHM is maintained in airworthy condition by Hawker de Havilland.
Flight deck of a Drover 1, probably VH-PAB of Pastoral Aviation.
De Havilland Australia DHA.3 Drover 1 and (lower side view) Drover 3.