VH-PCD  de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth    (c/n  3508)


                                   The VH-PC series were used by Air Agricutural Control Ltd, based at Bankstown in the mid-
                                   1950s.  They operated over a dozen crop dusting Tigers.  This one, seen adjacent to Sid
                                   Marshall's area in 1954 (note DC-2 in background) was awaiting the fitting of spray bars.
                                   This aircraft was actually the pre-war VH-UVZ civil machine first registered in 1936. In April
                                   of 1937 it was circling a steamer departing from Circular Quay when it stalled and fell into
                                   Sydney Harbour. The occupants were rescued with minor injuries and -UVZ was retrieved to
                                   fly again. When war came it was impressed into the RAAF as A17-691. Civilianized again
                                   in 1947 it was not restored as VH-UVZ but became VH-BBP.  It assumed its above identity
                                   in 1950 when acquired by the top dressing firm.  Its registration lapsed in 1961 but the machine
                                   remained in one piece and in 1994 it was returned to flying condition and restored with its
                                   original VH-UVZ registration.  A contemporary image of it can be seen at: