Delivering de Havilland Herons to a new home in Puerto Rico brought all the DECEMBER 2017 www.aeroplanemonthly.com 59 adventure you’d imagine — and the odd nervous moment

The two DH114 Herons involved in the second delivery flight from Coventry to San Juan — probably the former G-AREC, later N562PR, and G-ASUZ, subsequently N565PR — en route between Cape Verde and Cayenne.

In the 1960s I was working as a licensed engineer for Executive Air Engineering at Coventry Airport, which specialised in the overhaul and maintenance of de Havilland Doves and Herons. The firm had secured a contract to supply Herons to Prinair (Puerto Rican International Airlines), which was based in San Juan and operated between Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. It called for the aircraft to be overhauled, modified to fulfil Federal Aviation Administration requirements, placed on the US register and ferried to San Juan.

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