VH-ATQ (1) de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth
The photographs here of the first -ATQ were supplied by Aaron Betts,
grandson of Fred Betts*
who had purchased this Tiger from RAAF disposals at Western Junction,
(my old home town) in 1946. I'll post the shot showing the rego
above. In the photo immediately
Betts and his sister, with wife Nellie (Aaron's grandmother) in the
since Fred was not permitted to carry a passenger across the Bass
Strait back to Geelong, wife
Nellie was forced to return home via the Avro Anson mailplane!
(Flinders Island Airlines?). In
1953 VH-ATQ was acquired by
SuperSpread who turned it into a single-seater crop duster and
re-registered it VH-SSB.
This Tiger still flies today as VH-APB.
also owned several more interesting aircraft including:- the
D.H.60 Gypsy Moth
VH-UKY (which he wrote off at Barwon Heads in January 1947, the Junkers
VH-UCC (from 1951-1953), the Beardmore Wee Bee VH-URJ (1938-1940),
Swift VH-UZB (briefly in 1945), and the Aeronca K VH-ACK.