The de Havilland DH.86 in Australian operations (Part 2)

Part two of Eric Allen’s investigation into the de Havilland DH.86 in Australian operations. Read the first part here.

 

The loss of VH-USG was a headache for Qantas as the launch of the new service had been planned for 10 December 1934. The airline had arranged for highly regarded Australian aviator P G Taylor to fly the company’s third DH.86 from England to Australia. However, in the light of the two crashes in Australia, Taylor declined to proceed with this arrangement in the belief the aircraft was unsafe. In a message to Qantas on 21 November he said he believed the aircraft should be replaced with a more proven type. 

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