VH-ABU (1) de Havilland
D.H.83 Fox Moth
Clearly a DCA C of A photograph. VH-ABU was photographed at
Maylands aerodrome, Perth
1938 immediately following assembly after shipment from England
ex G-ACCT. It was
imported by Vivian James who
operated as James Taxiplanes Ltd, Perth, mostly for trips to Rottnest
joyriding . He quickly incurred the wrath of DCA when
he regularly carried 4 passengers
on weekend joyrides at Maylands,
despite the type being approved for only 3 seats in the cabin.
ignored the stern reprimands, prompting acrimonious correspondence and
a verbal stoush with
the DCA Maylands senior officer.
James landed a body-blow when he objected that his airliner
competitors MMA and Airlines(WA) Ltd used their mail planes for
joyrides, while receiving Common-
wealth airmail subsidies for their hours flown!
His Fox Moth was served with a wartime Impressment
Requisition in July 1941 and joined the RAAF as A41-1. Sold
postwar by RAAF disposals, it became
VH-ABU with the Methodist Inland Mission, then to Guinea Air Traders as
VH-GAV, crashing at Bulolo
on 25 April 1949.