The above image comes to me
of Wal Ives, whilst the shot immediately below was
unearthed by Geoff Pogson (seen here courtesy of Phil Vabre).
D.H.51A was the first
of its breed and
G-EBIM. It was built in 1924 and exported to Australia in
Its first owner was Bunny Hammond dba Golden Airways Co of
hence 'The Golden Wasp' titling on the nose as seen on the lower
image (Bunny Hammond
go on to form Adastra
Aerial Surveys following WW
II). G-AUIM was re-registered
VH-UIM in 1930. The image at the foot of the page is from Hood
Collection Part II (Aviation),
courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales
collection. It shows the machine on the
which it was later fitted.
Clearly the fin and rudder have had work done to them (or
completely replaced with the empennage from another
aeroplane to compensate for the
additional side area of the floats?). The inscription and logo on
rudder reads 'The Texas
- Australasia Limited', although the
Moth was never
registered to that corporate entity.
Possibly the owners at the
time, Messrs. A.S.Elkin and R.F. Walker of Sydney were agents for
Anyway, on 3 February 1931 a float struck a submerged object while
off and -UIM was damaged beyond
after it overturned during the subsequent landing off
Point. At the foot of the page is an image of it as G-EBIM
taken at Stag Lane in 1925.