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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300
VP-FAW
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546

Ser 300

VP-FAW

• Registration • Activity and details of Owner/Operator and other historical information

• VP-FAW de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out date 27-Jun-1977. First flight 27-Jun-1977.

• VP-FAW Delivered to BAS-British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK. 11-Jul-1977.

• VP-FAW Leased to Loganair, Glasgow, UK. 27-Mar-1978.

• VP-FAW Returned to BAS- British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK. 13-Sep-1978.

• VP-FAW Leased to Loganair, Glasgow, UK. 29-Mar-1979.

Note: From after 1978 / 1979 summer season all BAS aircraft returned to the UK rather than Canada for annual servicing.

• VP-FAW Returned to BAS-British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK. 07-Sep-1979.

• VP-FAW Leased to Loganair, Glasgow, UK. 27-Mar-1980.

Note: Extra fuel tanks fitted in Canada prior to the 1980/81 summer season.

• VP-FAW Returned to BAS-British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK. 05-Sep-1980.

Accident. Mount Charity area, Antarctica, 24-Feb-1981. Sustained major damage to nose section upon hitting a hard sastrugi on take-off from the Mount Charity area. The aircraft continued to destination at Rothera, but damage was unable to be repaired on site. The aircraft was dismantled & shipped to the U.K. and repairs were completed by Mann Aviation Ltd. at Fairoaks, UK by 12-Jul-1981.

• VP-FAW Leased to JEA - Jersey European Airways, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK Jul-1981.

• VP-FAW Returned to BAS-British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK.07-Sep-1981.

Incident: Rothera Station, Adelaide Island, Antarctica, 18-Nov-1981. Sustained major damage (again) when it was torn from its tie-down ropes and overturned during gale force winds at the Rothera Station. It was dismantled and shipped to the U.K. Following assessment, it was determined that the aircraft was beyond economical repair, and the fuselage remained present at Fairoaks, UK until 1987.

Note: The remains of the aircraft were sold in the U.S. in 1987 and were loaded into a container at Fairoaks 12/14-Mar-1987. The purchaser was reportedly based in Washington State.

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VP-FAW at Toronto - CYYZ, Ontario.
Photo: Michael L. Baker © October 1977 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VP-FAW at Toronto, with Loganair logo.
Photo: Russel Brown © September 1977 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VP-FAW at Glasgow - EGPF.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 30 March 1978 - GAAEC Collection
VP-FAW at Aberdeen / Dyce - EGPD.
Photo: Ron Kosys © 18 July 1978 - Aird Archives