At Mid Day on THURSDAY 29th of August to commemorate the final day of work and closing of the historic De Havilland/Hawker De Havilland/Boeing aircraft factory at Bankstown HARS saluted 80 years of production and repair of such iconic aircraft as the Tiger Moth, Mosquito Bomber, de Havilland Vampire and Drover feederliner and repairs and major parts for many other famous aircraft from Biplanes to Airbus; the HARS Museum DHA Tiger Moth, DHA Drover and DHC Caribou transport 234 joined HARS member Sy Allsepps DH Beaver to perform fly pasts of the factory at Bankstown Airport. HARS Vice President and 31 year HdeH employee Maureen Massey said that everything went to plan, and what a sight to see four de Havilland aircraft flying together over Bankstown, something one will not ever see again. It is the end of an aviation era, with the closing of the de Havilland plant at Bankstown after 80 years of manufacturing at that site. But, what a legacy they have left with the representation today of the Caribou, Drover, Beaver and Tiger Moth proudly farewelling the last of the HdH employees, who were sadly all retrenched today. It is so fortunate that HARS has secured the de Havilland Historical Collection, which includes the Drover, Tiger, Sabre (and Vampire now in the PIMA Aerospace Museum in Tucson), which will ensure the history of de Havilland will never die. Our photo shows our de Havilland Drover aircraft which was built at the factory in the 1950s, and which was one of the aircraft in the fly-past.
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