VH-GVH. de Havilland DH-114-1B Heron. c/n 14033.


Ordered new by New Zealand National Airways Corporartion - 1953

Accepted at Hatfield by NZNAC - October 27, 1953

Entered onto the New Zealand Aircraft Register as ZK-BBO

Aircraft was named 'Mako' (Bellbird)

Reregistered as ZK-BEQ - December 8, 1953

Used as Queen Elizabeth II personal aircraft during the Royal Tour of New Zealand 1953 - 1954

It was reconfigured with a 'Royal Suite' that had been supplied by de Havilland, UK

At conclusion of Royal Tour this suite was returned to England

Departed Auckland on delivery flight to Australia - January 18, 1958

Arrived Melbourne at conclusion of delivery flight - January 20, 1958

Delivery route: Auckland-Norfolk Island-Coffs Harbour-Sydney-Melbourne

Sold to Southern Airlines - January 20, 1958

Cancelled from the New Zealand Aircraft Register - January 26, 1958

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-GVH - January 26, 1958

Registered to Southern Airlines Ltd

Aircraft was named 'Queen of the South' at naming ceremony at Naracoorte, S.A. - February 15, 1958

This was to honour the local community who raised part of the purchase price of this aircraft

Southern Airlines' operating licences were sold to A.T.I. (Operations) Pty Ltd - December 22, 1958

This aircraft was not owned or operated by Ansett Transport Industries (Operations) Pty Ltd

Sold to Qantas Airways Ltd - January 6, 1959

Registered to Qantas Airways Ltd, Sydney

Sold to Fiji Airways Ltd - April 23, 1959

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - August 10, 1959

Entered onto the Fijian Aircraft Register as VQ-FAL - September 8, 1959

Aircraft overran the airstrip on landing at Ura, Taveuni - December 11, 1965

The extensive damage proved to be uneconomical to repair and was written off on site