DHC-3 Otter Archive Master Index

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c/n 204

G-AOYX de Havilland demonstrator.
Photo: Gerald Lawrence © c.1959

c/n 204

G-AOYX • CR-L** (Possibly CR-LLZ)



• G-AOYX de Havilland Aircraft Company Ltd. Delivered 22-Feb-1957 based at Leavesden Airfield, nr Watford, England. Canx 27-Jun-1961. Used as European and Africa demonstrator.

• CR-L** Empresa do Cobre de Angola / Copper Company of Angola, Luanda, Angola in May 1961.

• CR-L** Compannia de Taxis Aeros, Luanda, Angola. Dates unknown.

• TR-LLZ Air Gabon, Port Gentil, Republic of Gabon. Regd 01-Apr-1965

Accident Libreville, Gabon 17 April 1966. Details unknown. Aircraft destroyed.

Written off

Otter 204 was delivered to the de Havilland Aircraft Company Ltd., on 22nd February 1957, registered G-AOYX and based at Leavesden Airfield, England. It was to serve as the demonstrator aircraft for Europe and Africa. It was noted at a display of STOL aircraft at Christchurch airfield, Hampshire in England in September 1958 alongside Beaver G-ANAR, a Scottish Aviation Pioneer and Twin Pioneer and several helicopters. Unfortunately, little is known of its operations. It is recorded as being in use by Empresa do Cobre de Angola at Luanda, Angola in May 1961 and the British registration was cancelled in July of that year, as the aircraft was exported to Portugal, Angola then being a Portuguese colony. On 12th March 1963 the aircraft is recorded as going to Compannia de Taxis Aeros, Luanda although no registration is known. On 1st April 1965 the Otter was sold to Air Gabon, Port Gentil, Republic of Gabon, registered TR-LLZ. It was destroyed in a crash at Libreville, Gabon on 17th April 1966.

Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005)