VH-BLX de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth
(c/n DHA 45)
This Tiger had a varied career, and photos of it (at least as VH-BLX)
are rare, possibly since it
spent a period in New Guinea. The above was taken by John
Wheatley, circa 1965. Civilianized
in May 1948, ex
A17-48, it had a crash on 18 January 1949 that left it off the register
September 1961. It had another mishap at
Slate Creek, New Guinea in November
1956 and was repaired
again by May of 1958. In 1967 it was acquired by a buyer
in the US
and was at Van Nuys in
1973 as N48DH painted in an all silver, but spurious (for the RAAF)
war-bird scheme with yellow fuselage bands.
It was sold in the UK in 1989 and registered
G-BPHR where it is still current and
painted in an authentic all yellow RAAF finish as A17-48.
It has acquired anti-spin strakes (clearly absent from its appearance
above) probably as a
requirement to acquiring a UK CofA.