VH-APQ   de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth          (c/n  82573)


    This Tiger (ex A17-19) is still flying today.  My shot (above) shows it looking quite smart at
                                   Camden NSW in 1955.   It was then converted to a crop duster and flew with various outfits
                                   in NSW and WA.   Mike Madden's photo (below, via the Geoff Goodall collection) taken in
                                   March 1963 at Maylands, shows it looking positively grotty after it had been retired by Blaxell
                                   & Grummels and left out in the open.    Fortunately it was taken to a garage in Perth later that
                                   year and rebuilt with metal side panels and (unusual for Australian Tigers) an anti-spin strake
                                   forward of the tailplane.   The beautiful end product can be seen in Geoff's shot at the foot of
                                   the page taken at Beverly, WA in November 1980.   It is now privately owned and registered
                                   to Tiger Moth Joyrides Pty. Ltd. in the Surfers Paradise, Queensland area