De HAVILLAND AUSTRALIA DHA-3 DROVER
Title: De Havilland Australia DHA-3 Drover
The De Havilland Drover was developed in the late 1940’s to replace the DH84 Dragon aircraft then in widespread service in Australia. The British De Havilland Dove was taken as the starting point, the two six-cylinder Gypsy Queen engines were replaced by three four-cylinder Gypsy Major engines, and a tailwheel undercarriage was used.
The type first flew in 1948 but performance was disappointing. Early aircraft also had a problem with the original propellers which resulted in the loss of two aircraft. Although various improvements were made the aircraft was never popular and only 20 examples were produced.
Several aircraft were later converted to Lycoming engines, and known as the Mk 3. The last example in commercial service soldiered on until 1985, but many examples survive, including at least one restored airworthy aircraft.
This title contains two Maintenance manuals for the Drover, one including Pilots Notes, and two manufacturers brochures. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.