VH-BAP  de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth         (c/n  DHA589)


                                    Like many of the VH-B series, several registrations were issued twice to the the same type of
                                    aircraft.  I do wish DCA hadn't done that!     Anyway, this is the first Tiger Moth registered
                                    VH-BAP (the second was registered in 1958) and is seen here near Brisbane, circa 1948.  It
                                    first came on the register in March 1947, being ex A17-414.  The titles of its owner, Queensland
                                    Aerial Ambulance and Taxi Service are on the rudder.  This outfit purchased a surprising number
                                    of aircraft from RAAF disposals at that time including Tiger Moths, Moth Minors, Dragons, and
                                    Ansons for civil conversion.  This photo was taken by Ivan Unwin who worked for them in 1948
                                    and is shown here courtesy of the Geoff Goodall collection.   This first VH-BAP crashed at
                                    Yamba, NSW on 27 September 1948 and was written off.