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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 200HG™
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Series 100

N7253 •VH-TGW • (P2-TGW) • (P2-RDF) • VH-TGW • P2-RDE (2) • P2-ALS • VH-KEA • N120AA


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

• N7253 de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out 05-Apr-1968. First flight 21-May-1968.

• N7253 Accepted by TAA - Trans Australia Airlines at Downsview 31-May-1968.

• N7253 Ferried to Australia by Air Capital International, Augusta, KS. 31-May-1968. Arrived 15-Jun1968

• VH-TGW TAA Trans Australia Airlines, Melbourne-Essendon, VIC. Arrived and regd 15-Jun-1968. Named "Campbell Miles”.

Note: Withdrawn from use at Eagle Farm, Brisbane, QLD - 02-Jan-1974 but later returned to service on an unknown date. And then withdrawn from service again at Brisgane-Eagle Farm 16-Aug-1976

• (P2-TGW) Talair, Goroka, PNG. Regd Jun 1976 but NTU.

• (P2-RDF) Talair, Goroka, PNG. Regd Jun-1976 but also NTU.

Withdrawn from use by TAA again and stored at Eagle Farm, Brisbane, QLD., 16-Aug-1976.

• VH-TGW Sold to Masling Airlines, Cootamundra, NSW. Regd 18-Sep-1976

• VH-TGW Talair, Goroka, PNG. Regd 25-Sep-1978.

Departed from Sydney- Bankstown, 25-Sep-1978 on delivery to Talair in PNG.

• P2-RDE (2) Re-regd to Talair, Goroka, PNG. Regd Sep-1978.

Withdrawn from use by Talair (stored Goroka PNG) from 25 May-1993, then ferried to Mareeba, QLD 16-Jul-1993 for continued storage.

• P2-RDE (2) Sold to Airlink Pty., Ltd., Rabaul, PNG. Regd 04-Jun-1994. Canx date unknown.

• P2-ALS Sold to R.R. Moore & Company Ltd., Toowoomba West, QLD. Regd 06-Oct-1998. Regd as Eastland Air, Cairns, QLD.

Arrived Maroochydore, QLD on delivery 06-Oct-1998.

• VH-KEA Eastland Air, Toowoomba West, QLD (Owned by R.R. Moore & Company Ltd.). Named “Lisa”. Regd 25-Nov-1998.

Note: First revenue service on Cairns-Lizard Island route 14-Dec-1998.

Seen Nov-27-1999 without the Swordfish logo behind passenger door.

Withdrawn from use and stored, without engines, at Cairns, QLD by Jul-2002. Noted there 10-Jul-2002 with engines removed.

Offered for sale at auction circa Sep-2003.

• VH-KEA Reported as sold to Esanda Finance, Brisbane, QLD. Regd 26-Nov-2003.

• VH-KEA Sabstall Pty., Toowoomba, QLD. Regd 11-Oct-2004. Canx 11-Sep-2006

• N120AA Sold to C.A.A.M.S., Fort Lauderdale, FL. Reserved 16-Aug-2006.Regd 22-Sep-2006. Remained operating with Eastland Air, Toowoomba West, QLD.

Delivered from Cairns 09-Mar-2007 via Honiara, Solomons – Majuro, Marshalls – Honolulu, HI – Camarillo, CA.

See for a photographic view of the Southern Cross Aviation Flight SXA408 Cairns, Australia to Fort Lauderdale, Florida YBCS - AGGH - PKMJ - PHNL - KCMA - KFST - KHUM - KFLL6700 nautical miles over water - 1600 nautical miles over land. March and April 2007

Noted at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l, FL., several times between 03-Mar-2008, 04-Jul 2008 and 16-Feb-2008.

• N120AA Sold to Warren Transportation LLC., Dallas, TX. Regd 23-May-2008.

• N718KW Re regd to Warren Transportation LLC., Dallas, TX. 23-May-2008

Note:The aircraft carried the "Isla Barbareta" inscription on it's tail. Barbareta is part of the Islas de la Bahia archipeligo located off the Honduran coast and is owned by the Warren family. The Twin Otter operated between Roatan and the island.

Airworthiness date 04-Feb-2010. Standard /Normal

Note Aircraft has vistaliner window conversion and is normally based in Barbareta, Honduras.

Flew 13-Feb-2012 from Honduras to Veracruz, Mexico – Brownsville, TX – Waco Regional - Dallas-Addison.

Returned 02-Mar-2012. Dallas-Addison, TX - Brownsville, TX  03-Mar-2012 Brownsville, TX – Minatitlan, Mexico - Vera Cruz, Mexico on return to Honduras

Flew 01-Feb-2013 Veracruz, Mexico - Brownsville, TX - Addison, TX

Returned 12-Feb-2013 Addison, TX - Brownsville, 13-Feb-2013 Brownsville, TX - Veracruz, Mexico on return to Hnduras

Flew 27-Jan-2014 Veracruz, Mexico - Brownsville, TX – Dallas Addison, TX arriving 28-Jan-2014 presumably for annual maintenance with Wipaire.

Returned 12-Feb-2014 Dallas-Addison, TX- Brownsville, TX 13-Feb-2014 Brownsville, TX - Minatitlan, Mexico. to its base at Barbareta, Honduras.

Flew: 16-Feb-2015 Veracruz, Mexico - Brownsville, TX - Dallas-Addison, TX

Flew 22-Jun-2015 Brownsville, TX - Dallas-Addison, TX. 28-Jun-2015 Dallas-Addison, TX - Hattiesburg, MS - Leesburg, FL.

Flew 09-Jul-2015 Leesburg, FL Hattiesburg, MS - Dallas-Addison, TX.  To the Wipaire facility.

Flew 05-Aug-2015 Dallas-Addison, TX Brownsville, TX - Minititlan, Mexico on return to Honduras. Based at Barbareta, Honduras.

Flew Dallas-Addison, TX - Mena, AR 14-May-2018 and Mena, AR - Dallas-Addison, TX 21-May-2018. Repaint?

• Current •

VH-TGW of TAA, awaiting repaint at Brisbane - YBBN, Queensland.
Photo: Peter Keating © 25 November 1971 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-TGW sporting new TAA livery, at Brisbane, Queensland.
Photo:Peter Keating © November 1971 - Jay Sherlock Collection - Aird Archives
VH-TGW when with MASLING.
Photo: Unknown photographer © November 1976 - Michael J. Ody Collection
P2-RDE (2) with TALAIR at Port Moresby - AYPY, Papua New Guinea.
Photo: Unknown photographer © November 1981 - John Rodger Collection - via John Mounce - Aird Archives
P2-RDE (2) almost eight years later, new colours, at Port Moresby - AYPY, PNG.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 14 October 1989 - John Rodger Collection - via John Mounce - Aird Archives
P2-RDE (2) at Mareeba - YMBA, Queensland.
Photo: Peter Keating © October 1993 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
Photo: Peter Keating © October 1993 - Michael J. Ody Collection
VH-KEA with Eastland Air titles, at Cairns, Queensland.
Photo: Unknown photographer © September 1999 - Erik Johannesson Collection
VH-KEA in service with Eastland Air, shown here at Brisbane - YBBN.
Photo: Unknown photographer © December 1999 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
Photo: Lance Higgerson © Date unknown - Aird Archives
VH-KEA a couple more images taken on the Brisbane ramp.
Photo: Bob Wiseman © 14 June 2001 - Lance Higgerson Collection - Aird Archives
Photos: Bob Wiseman © 14 June 2001 - Lance Higgerson Collection - Aird Archives
VH-KEA with Eastland Air titles, at Cairns, Queensland.
Photo: Unknown photographer © September 2000 - John Mounce Collection - Aird Archives
N718KW at Dallas / Addison - KADS, Texas.
Photo: B1rdman © Date unknown - Erik Johannesson Collection
N718KW ready to leave the Wipaire facilities at Leesburg - LEE, Florida.
Photo: Wipaire © 09 July 2015 - Erik Johannesson Collection