VH-AQM  de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth               (c/n  DHA418/T168)


                                      VH-AQM was first registered in April 1946.  Very shortly after it sustained extensive damage at
                                      Essendon Airport and was acquired by the then embryo TAA as an instructional airframe for
                                      apprentices   The airline repainted it up as "VH-TAA" and it is seen in that guise, stored in a loft
                                      in an Essendon hangar in January 1963, in the shot below by Rod Adam  (courtesy of the Geoff
                                      Goodall collection).   Soon after this photo as taken, the complete aircraft was donated to the
                                      Moorabbin Air Museum.   Geoff's photo (above), taken at Moorabbin in February 1968 shows
                                      -AQM in "warbird" garb wearing its old RAAF serial of A17-377.  It underwent a restoration in
                                      the late 1990s and is now part of the permanent exhibition.