Avro X VH-UXX Faith in Australia


Following the loss of their Avro X VH-UMF Southern Cloud, Australian National Airways Ltd. (ANA) abandoned their interstate services and went into liquidation. C.T.P. Ulm, one of the principals of ANA, purchased Avro X VH-UMI Southern Moon from the liquidators and had it rebuilt in highly modified form for use on route-proving and record-breaking flights. His hope was to stimulate Government interest in subsidising long-range air services. The aircraft was re-registered on 16 June 1933 as VH-UXX Faith in Australia (c/n 231).

The Faith in Australia is seen above at Whakatane (Ohope Beach), New Zealand on 2 or 3 January 1934 whilst in New Zealand on a barnstorming tour. The photo below shows the aircraft refuelling at New Plymouth, New Zealand, in December 1933 on the same tour. The colour scheme was silver overall with an orange upper wing and fuselage spine.

(Photos: Phil Vabre collection)


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