VH-SSH  de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth                      (c/n  DHA1062)



                                    Well, I flew this aircraft when she was VH-AUI  with the Tasmanian Aero Club in Launceston.
                                    Of course, it was a two-seater in those days, and modified when acquired by Super Spread in
                                    October of 1954 to make the front seat a hopper, wherein it became VH-SSH.           Oddly,
                                    I never saw it at Moorabbin, although Geoff Goodall did, ten years on, in May 1964 when it was
                                    still an ag aeroplane.  It was sold soon afterwards to a private owner, and eventually converted
                                    back to a regular Tiger.            Geoff's shot below shows it after disposal by Super Spread at
                                    Moorabbin in February 1965 still with the crop dusting pylon.  A year later Geoff saw it again
                                    re-converted with a rather nice livery (still at Moorabbin).             Brian Nicolson bought it in
                                    Melbourne in the early 70s (see his color shot, # 4)  .  Someone had dismantled and stripped
                                    it to rebuild and then lost interest.   Brian and crew did a no expense spared, ground up rebuild
                                    and sold it sight unseen to Mr. Richard Davies who still owns it.   It was ferried from Goulburn
                                    to Perth by Dick Nell who has now retired from the airshow circuit, having been a fantastic
                                    performer in his Tiger Moth and Stampe aircraft.  Geoff's final shot was taken on a farmer's
                                    property at Coorow, WA in September 1974.