c/n 1444

VH-AWY without tail feathers and parked.
Photos: Neil Aird © 11 November 2010
VH-AWY heads out to the reef yet again.
Photo: Russell Kelly © 09 September 2007
VH-AWY bobs patiently on the Coral Sea while I snorkle.
Photo: Neil Aird © 01 May 2005
VH-AWY at home base, the Shute Harbour strip.
Photo: Neil Aird © 01 May 2005
VH-AWY with Advanced Wing conversions.
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © 2003
Photo: Lenn Bayliss © 2000
VH-SSG of CORAL AIR parked at Shute Harbour.
Photo: Lindsay Nothrop © 04 April 1997 - AustAirData
VH-SSG on Shute Harbour ramp.
Photo: Mike Madden © July year unknown - Aird Archives
VH-SSG at Broadwater, Southport, Australia
Gold Coast, Queensland.
Photos: Lenn Bayliss ©  
VH-SSG a fine study by the late Peter Keating
Photo: Peter R. Keating © 18 October 1989 - Aird Archives
VH-SSG at Collangatta, Queensland. B & W shot by Peter.
Photo: Peter R. Keating © 18 October 1989 - Ian MacFarlane Collection
VH-SSG as a wingless wonder.
Photo: © Lenn Bayliss
XP774 at sunny Sharjah.
Photo: Dave Lawrence © 12 May 1969 - Aird Archives
A little bit of peeling due to a case of sunburn?
Photo: Dave Lawrence © 12 May 1969 - Paul Tomlin Collection
XP774 when serving in the Middle East.
XP774 on a mission in North Aden.
Photo: Richard Grevatte-Ball © 1966
XP774 undergoing a heavy landing check, at Aden.
Photo: Alan Harrison © June 1962

c/n 1444

XP774 • N9067F • VH-SSG

VH-AWY

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• de Havilland Aircraft, Hatfield. Delivered to Hawarden via Liverpool Docks 04-Oct-1960. First flight 07-Feb-1961.

XP774 Army Air Corp. Delivered 08-Mar-1961 to 2MU RAF Sealand, North Wales, for shipment to Middle East with XP773 & 775.

15 Flight, 653 Light Aircraft Sqd Army Air Corps (AAC) Jun-1961. Khormaksar,  Aden.

Carried out deck landings on HMS Centaur 21-Jul-1961 as part of Beaver conversion course organised by Major J B Dicksee for Sargeants A. G. Harris and D. W. Burman.

Accident: 27-Jul-1964 Category 3 damage when tail hit edge of unknown landing strip caused by downdraught on tail. The pilot was Sargeant K. E. Barber, AAC

15 Flight re designated to 3 Wing AAC in 1965.

15 Flight moved to RAF Khormaksar, Aden, by-07-Sep-1967 until 04-Oct-1967 to start the hand over to the South Arabian Air Force who were awaiting the delivery of their own Beavers.

The aircraft stayed in the Middle East and was taken on by 13 Flight when 15 flight returned to the UK. The aircraft, together with XP 778 and 806 moved with 13 Flight to Sharjah in Oct-1967. It is understood two of the aircraft flew to the new location and the third was transported by Hercules. The flight joined with RAC / RA Air Troop Middle East and an infantry air platoon to form 13 Squadron  on 01-Oct-1968.

The unit was re titled 668 Aviation Squadron on 01-Dec-1969 and was disbanded in Nov-1970 when the three aircraft returned to the UK.

Returned to Middle Wallop, Hampshire, via Gatwick 01-Nov-1970.

Allocated to 27 MU RAF Shawbury, Shropshire, 14-Nov-1970.

Reported in 19 MU St. Athan, Glamorgan, store in 08-Jul-1971.

To 5MU Kemble, Gloucestershire, 08-Jan-1980.

Returned to 27MU RAF Shawbury, Shropshire, 11-Jan-1983.

Declared surplus to requirements 19-Apr-1987.

To Wipaire with XP780, 808, 816, 817, 818.

N9067F Wipaire Inc., Inver Grove Heights, MN. Regd Jun-1987. Canx Apr-1988.

VH-SSG Seair Pacific, Shute Harbour, Whitsunday, QLD. Based at Runaway Bay, QLD. Regd 31-May-1988.

VH-SSG Tropic Bird, Whitsunday, QLD. Regd Jun-1993.

VH-SSG Coral Air / Whitsunday, Airlie Beach, QLD. Regd Jun-1993.

VH-AWY Coral Air/Whitsunday Seaplanes Pty., Ltd., Airlie Beach, QLD. Regd 06-Nov-2001.

VH-AWY Air Whitsunday Seaplanes Pty., Ltd., Airlie Beach, QLD. Regd 04-Jan-2006 Under CASP 47.

Note: Advanced Wing Technology conversion. Date unknown but pre 2000.

tt 12,421 hrs (Summer 2017).

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