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Sid Marshall's DH.89

Old 20th Jun 2011, 11:01
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Sid Marshall's DH.84

Can someone tell me what the rego of Sid Marshall's DH 84 was ? My first ever flight was in this aircraft with the parramatta air league. Also, did this bird end up in pommy land ?

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Old 20th Jun 2011, 21:41
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Not sure he had a DH89 Dragon Rapide but he certainly had a DH84 Dragon which did go eventually to Pommie land via the chalinor bros in Qland and is now flying with Henry Labouchier {I think that is the way to spell his name} . You will see it at each moth Club event in England.
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Old 20th Jun 2011, 22:18
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Henry Labouchere flies and maintains the Dragon for Sir Torquil Norman.

Sid didn't have a DH-89 but used to do the joyflights in the Dragon and DC-2 from the southern corner of BK; my first flight was in the DC-2!

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Old 20th Jun 2011, 23:12
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Perhaps VH-AQU
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Old 21st Jun 2011, 01:06
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but used to do the joyflights in the Dragon and DC-2 from the southern corner of BK
I don't recall any DC2's doing joyflights during my time as an airport kid, but he operated Avro Ansons in conjunction with the Dragon near Milperra Bridge. With careful negotiation one could get a free ride if you wound the undercarriage up and down on the Anson. (1.5 million turns from memory).
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Old 21st Jun 2011, 06:50
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Frank,

Have a look at VH-ADZ Douglas DC-2

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PS IAP want her back in the air and form a DC-2/3/4 formation! I'd like to see that!!
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Interesting. I never saw the DC2 in operation doing joyflights. I wasn't old enough to spell DC2 in 1949. I know it was parked near De Havilland for quiet some time.

Incidentaly there was a DC 2.5 that should be put into the 2-3-4 formation. I'd like to see that, they made only one due war necessity.
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Old 21st Jun 2011, 12:49
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Sorry everyone,- it wasn't a Rapide but a DH84 Dragon as suggested.

As an aside, does anyone remember in the late 1960's he did joy flights in a Puss Moth. I seem to remember the seating was a single pilot and two pax seats behind him.
All so long ago now.
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Old 21st Jun 2011, 13:27
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Oops, got it wrong!
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Old 21st Jun 2011, 14:38
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Hi Frank,
I member the DC-2 doing joy flights from the Milperra Bridge corner. I went on it once, can't remember the cost, must have been a couple of 'quid' then.
The disappointment of the day was that instead of going Harbour Bridge return, he went to Cronulla return - ATC!!

He also had that very small 'Penguin' airframe, with what appeared to be a motor cycle engine, and he would start that up as a 'crowd teaser', then flog tickets to the waiting crowd for either the '2', or the Anson.

I had rides in both at various times.

Plus the yard up behind the RACNSW which was just chockas with all sorts of 'bits and pieces', inc. another DC-2 in camoflage, brown / green.

And the Me-109 up in the hangar roof, and all the other types stored, none too carefully, if I remember.....

And, not to omit the small 'Merry-go-Round' made from drop tank halves...
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Old 21st Jun 2011, 22:42
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Sid's Puss Moth was VH-UQB
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 02:09
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I had a ride in the merry go round if that helps.

He had another strange high wing twin, had Pobjoy radials but can't for the life of me remember what it was.

Oh. Mate just rang and said he thought it was a Shorts Scion. Sounds about right. Never saw it fly though.

Can't believe anybody hasn't been teased into asking about the DC2.5.

Hint, airlift out of China. (Probably started the slogan, I flew CAAC and survived!)
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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 10:26
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Fris B, thanks for the info. Much appreciated.
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Can't believe anybody hasn't been teased into asking about the DC2.5.
Frank. It is a fairly well known sub specie of the genus "Douglas". Indeed, it was a US military C-32 (DC2) which suffered damage to one wing and the damaged wing was replaced with one serviceable C47/DC3 wing of greater span.

The C-39 was also another interesting "composite".

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Old 22nd Jun 2011, 11:06
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Frank A,

Sid had a Shorts Scion in his hangar. It was a bit shabby towards the later years.
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tail wheel;

You deserve a night on the piss at the School of Tarts. I'll try to be there if I can keep my new steed airborne enough to contemplate the trip. I'm open to suggestions as to a better venue. Perhaps The Swan at Rockvegas. You get a better class of drunk there.

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Yes I've had further discusion on the sidelines. Seems it was once a goer. Didn't look like much of an aeroplane though. I guess it's Mother loved it.
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The School of Tarts no longer dispenses the amber fluid and whilst I'm ashamed to admit publicly, the Nectar of the Gods has not passed my lips for at least the past three years, resulting in a 20 kg reduction in max TO weight.
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Tail lie, that would be BEW, you should know that

Well done tho
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There's a Shorts Scion slowly being rebuilt somewhere in Sydney last I heard. I'm guessing it might be the same one?
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A couple of photos my mother took that i came across after she passed away. She was a bit of a shutter bug when younger but these are the only two of aircraft. She grew up at Chipping Norton that is close to Bankstown Aerodrome as it was known as back then. I scanned up the sign on the hanger. "Marshall Airlines". Maybe she went for a joy flight. Or this is were she flew to Perth from around this time. She took a lot of good period photos but never dated or tagged them. Hope someone can identify the aircraft and maybe put a firm year to them. These would have been taken around 1950/51 maybe. FH

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