VH-CES de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger
The true identity of this Tiger is
unknown. It is not DHA1077 since that aircraft is VH-CEJ.
first registered on 31 October 1968 using the id "1077" by Cec Heit
after he rebuilt it in his work-
Brisbane. The DCA Register handwritten ledger quotes "built
from a RAAF fuselage and parts".
When Australian registration historian Mel Davis talked to Cec Heit he
told Mel that he had purchased all
remaining Tiger spares from the Royal Queensland Aero Club at
Archerfield circa 1965/66, and the
collection including several fuselages. From these he rebuilt
VH-CJH, VH-AZE and VH-CES, the latter
based on a rear fuselage frame on which he found the number "1077"
stamped on a part (however,
was definitely NOT the DHA con plate). The above shot, from the
Geoff Goodall collection shows
circa 1968 after Heit's rebuild
with his trademark raised decking behind the pilot
Below is a photo by Greg
Banfield taken at Camden, NSW in October 1978. The titling on
Taxi Cab' with the phone number! I wonder if the taxi driver
supplied goggles and helmet!
3 is another Goodall collection shot of -CES at
Jandakot, WA Jan 1974 whilst it
was on an
flight. Another Geoff Goodall image is seen at No 4 when
the aircraft was at
Cairns, Qld in
August 1990 whilst with Cairns Tiger Moth Scenic
Joyflights. Owner Allen Hutchinson
trade, mostly carrying Japanese tourists who were on Great Barrier Reef
Following a crash on the
runway during a training
flight on 29 August 1991, VH-CES was repaired
currently registered to an owner in Byron Bay, NSW. At the foot
of the page is a contemporary shot
of it by Ian McDonell at
Tyagarah, NSW in October 2015.