VH-FAI  de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth    (c/n  DHA 51)


                                   VH-FAI was formerly A17-54 with the RAAF and was civilianized in 1949 as VH-BNN.
                                   My shot shows it at Bankstown in 1954 while with the Illawarra Flying School (Fawcett
                                   Aviation).   It was sold by the club to Caleula Agriculture Airways of Orange, NSW and
                                   operated by them for a couple of years.   In 1958 it was purchased by Rural Aviation of
                                   Perth, whose proprietor, Hal Watts had only owned it for three moths when it pranged
                                   near Toodyay, WA on10 Februsry 1959 while cropdusting,   The photo below, from the
                                   Geoff Goodall collection, shows the result.  Remarkably the pilot walked away unhurt, but
                                   -FAI was written off.