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Newsletter 4
Autumn 2003

Updated on 24Oct2003

Published by the Hawker Association for the Members.
Contents Hawker Association

Contents

Editorial

Bill Sherwood remembers

Book reviews

Christmas lunch

Dunsfold update

Dunsfold's Dove

George Anderson

Harrier II production

Harrier web site

HA members

Hawker memories

India makes up her mind

Kingston Aviation Heritage

Mick Mansell retires

Philatelic cover

Programme for 2003-4

Putting the record straight

Requests for information

Transatlantic air race

Visit to Farnborough

V/STOL Historical Society

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Keith Bollands has news of the Dunsfold Dove.

G-ASMG, the DH Dove based at Dunsfold until May 1986 for communications flights, is alive and well and living in New Zealand. Registered ZK-DHW in January 2003, I caught up with her in April at North Shore airfield, Dairy Flat, about 10 miles north of Auckland. In the interim she spent over 15 years in Australia with a company called Rudge Air, operating ad-hoc charter and sight-seeing flights from Essendon, Melbourne.

She still wears the BAe livery of blue, red and orange stripes, though without the logo on the cowlings, and the interior was exactly as I remembered it. There was even a hand-written card above the co-pilot's seat with navigation data for Dunsfold, Hatfield and Bitteswell amongst others!

The current owner is Ray Trubuhovich who runs an earth moving business and also has a share in a DH Devon based at North Shore. The Dove, he said, has more powerful engines and is a delight to fly. Unfortunately he had had a ground incident due to low brake pressure on start-up, resulting in some damage to both propellers. These had been removed for repair.

G-ASMG, construction number 04533, is one of 15 Dove 8s built and was first registered in October 1963.

DUNSFOLD'S DOVE


see also http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~airdata/images/nz-new/0300325.jpg

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