c/n 1450

N779XP at Campbell River, British Columbia.
Photo: Bob Kobzey © 11 August 2017
N779XP we meet up again.
Photos: Neil Aird © 11 July 2015
N779XP in her hangar at Everett, Washington.
Photo: William Tyrie © 23 September 2011
N779XP almost ready for her new owner.
Photo: William Jesse © 20 December 2007
Photo: William Jesse © 03 December 2007
C-FLOR under the care of expert Victoria Aircraft Maintenance craftsmen. She will soon be a U. S. Air Force L-20A in classic day-glo orange and gray markings. Note the return to a "porthole" and "skylights".
Photos: Neil Aird © 04 June 2007
C-FLOR safely in Halifax with Atlantic Aircraft Salvage.
Photos: Mark Blok © 20 November 2006
G-DHCB ventured across the loch.
Photo: Courtesy of Mark Blok © 2007
G-DHCB gets "containered" and will be Canada bound.
Photo: Courtesy of Mark Blok © 2007
G-DHCB seen from a distance.
Photo: John Calderwood © 28 September 2006
G-DHCB on display at Calshot.
Photos: Unknown photographer © 15 May 1993 - Aird Archives
XP779 sporting day-glo at Detmold, Germany.
Photo: Günter Grondstein © September 1971
XP779 at Tawau, Borneo, about to leave on a mission.
Photo: Barrie Davies © 1964

c/n 1450

XP779  G-BDTL • G-DHCB • C-FLOR

N779XP

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• de Havilland Aircraft, Hatfield. Delivered to Hawarden, Chester via Liverpool Docks 12-Dec-1960. First flight, 07-Apr-1961.

XP779 Delivered to 2MU at Sealand, North Wales, for shipment to Far East 24-Apr-1961.

Operated by 14 Flight, 656 Light Aircraft Squadron, Selator, Malaysia from Sep -1961.

To 30 Flight Royal Army Service Corps, Kluang on formation of unit 08-Apr-1984, and later at Seletar from 16-Jul-1964.

Unit retitled 130 Flight, Royal Corps of Transport (RCT) in Malaya.

Detached to Kuching 30-Sep-1964 to Dec-1964.

Detached to Tawau, Sabah (Borneo) Oct-1966 – Nov-1966.

Left Changi, Singapore for the UK 29-Sep-1970 with WO2 J Forbes RE and Sgt DA Fisher as crew. An interesting flight ensued. It suffered propeller oil seal failures on 02 & 03-Oct-1970. It broke down again with the same problem at Jiwan and Sharjah on 04-Oct-1970. After a new propeller was fitted the reduction gears seized on 05-Oct-1970 luckily whilst still at Sharjah. It finally arrived at Middle Wallop via Gatwick on 01-Nov-1970. A months ferry flight.

Refurbished and delivered to 131 Aviation Flight at Wildenrath, Germany. In 1971.

Unit re-titled 669 Aviation Sqd. Wildenrath during Jun-1971.

Returned to the UK to the 5MU at Kemble, and then stored RAF Shawbury, Shropshire. circa. 1988.

Sold to A. F. Allen, St Albans, Hertfordshire on 15-Jan-1991. (With XV268)

G-BDTL Seaflite Ltd., (A. F. Allen) Regd 21-Jan-1991. Canx 02-Jun-1991.

Note: Converted to a floatplane.

G-DHCB Seaflite Ltd.  Regd 02-Jun-1991. Initially based Calshot, Hampshire, then Lee on Solent, Hampshire before finally moving to Lochearnhead, Perthshire, Scotland.

C-FLOR (3) Atlantic Aircraft Salvage Ltd., Enfield, NS. Regd 08-Nov-2006 Canx and deleted 11-Jan-2008 on export to USA.

Note: Kenmore conversion but date unknown.

N779XP John T. Sessions, Historic Aircraft Foundation, Seattle, WA. Regd 10-Mar-2008.

Airworthines date: 29-Apr-2008. Category – Normal.

N779XP Historic Flight Foundation, Seattle, WA. Regd 30-Sep-2009.

• Restored as "52-6132" L-20A in USAF markings by Victoria Air Maintenance

N779XP Historic Flight Foundation, Mukilteo, WA. Change of address 30-Apl-2011.

• Historic Flight Foundation Website.

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