VH-ASA (1)  de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth               (c/n  DHA976/T309)


                                     The first aircraft to carry the registration VH-ASA was this Tiger Moth, formerly AA17-541.
                                     It was one of the first military aircraft to be civilianized after WW II, being thus converted in
                                     September 1945.  It forced landed at Wyndham, WA on 14 January 1947.   It was owned
                                     at the time by the Australian Salvation Army, based at Darwin and flown by "The Flying Padre"
                                     Captain Victor Pederson.   He was located three days later by a RAAF Dakota search aircraft,
                                     but a grass signal fire lit by Pederson turned back and destroyed the Tiger Moth.     The above
                                     photo is from the Peter Kelly collection.