1953 De Havilland DH 114 HERON
This enhanced version of the Dove with four engines Gipsy Queen 30 Mark 2, this Heron is painted in the colors of G-ANFE.
G-ANFE was built in 1953 in Chester, England, and flown in Butler Air Transport Ltd in the depths of Australia.
In 1956, together with the G-AMUK he joined Gulf Aviation Co. Ltd. G-ANFE regularly flew on a long planned route Gulf Aviation service every Monday between Bahrain-Doha - Sharjah-Muscat. He crashed in Doha in 1958 and was sold Aerocontracts of Gatwick, England.
Under this identification number on the plane, we know that the aircraft S / No 14072 was built in 1954. In 1961 it was converted into Sea Heron C20, with registration number XR443 UK Royal Navy. He was dismissed from the service of the Navy in 1989. In the 1990s he belonged to several owners and was brought to Australia in Heron Airways until finally withdrawn from use in 1995.
The de Havilland DH.114 Heron was a small propeller-driven British airliner that first flew on 10 May 1950. It was a development of the twin-engine de Havilland Dove, with a stretched fuselage and two more engines. It was designed as a rugged, conventional low-wing monoplane with tricycle undercarriage that could be used on regional and commuter routes. 150 were built, exported to around 30 countries. Herons later formed the basis for various conversions, such as the Riley Turbo Skyliner and the Saunders ST-27 and ST-28.