VH-BAR  de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth               (c/n  DHA816/T342)


                                    DHA816 was the second VH-BAR, the first having been withdrawn from use in 1947 and then
                                    restored to the RQAC as VH-BJI.   This one was not registered until July 1958, being one of the
                                    very last RAAF Tiger Moth disposals.  It went to the Walgett Aero Club, although at the time the
                                    manufacturer's plate was misread and the DHA rebuild number of "T342" was given as "1342"
                                    to DCA, a spurious c/n that the machine carries to this day.    The very nice shot of it above was
                                    taken at Walgett by John Hopton. in 1961.   Below is a photo by Geoff Goodall of -BAR taken
                                    at Jandakot Airport, Perth in December 1974.  Decor at the time was red overall with white cheat
                                    line and rego.   By March 1979 it had succumbed to the inexorable desire of owners of any air-
                                    craft remotely associated with WW II into wearing "warbird" colors and was repainted in training
                                    yellow and carrying its former RAAF identity of A17-666.   At the bottom of the page is a photo
                                    of it so adorned, also by Geoff, taken at Serpentine, WA in March 1979.    It is still currently on
                                    the register, still in West Australia, and, at last sighting, still in pseudo-RAAF livery.  I say pseudo,
                                    since, to be really authentic, the serial number needs to be much closer to the roundel (almost touch-
                                    ing), while the roundel itself should be larger.  My modeling notes also indicate that most Tigers had
                                    their "last two" under the forward cockpit rather than on the cowling, although the latter may have
                                    been acceptable later on in the war.