Built by de Havilland. Constructors Number "Qantas 7". This aircraft was one of three DH.50J aircraft powered with a Bristol Jupiter Mk IV 450 hp radial engine. During August 1928 this aircraft made its first flight then was shipped to Australia.
On August 3, 1929 register to Qantas Empire Airways (QEA) and registered in Australia as VH-ULG with certificate of airworthiness 308. Nicknamed "'Hippomenes".
Both sides of the fuselage had the nickname "'Hippomenes" painted in black behind the engine with "Qantas Ltd" and "Royal Air Mail" and a crown logo forward of the cockpit. The rear fuselage had VH-ULG in large black block letters and "Qantas Ltd" with the upper portion of the tail painted black. The tail had "Qantas Ltd. No. 27 VH". The lower surface of the lower wing was painted with the registration "VH-ULG" in black block letters.
During 1935 sold to Eric J. Stephens of Stephens Aviation Ltd. (Stephen Aerial Transport Company) who transported the aircraft to New Guinea. The aircraft had the Qantas markings overpainted and a red or dark colored tail rudder.
On November 10, 1937 this aircraft crashed at Chimbu.
References - VH-ULG de Havilland D.H.50J (photos)
Journal of the Aviation Historical Society of Australia "Aviation Operations in New Guinea" by Eric Noble November/December 1973 page 85 (photo upper)
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June 29, 2019