VH-UHV  American Eagle A-1           (c/n  238)

                                      The photo above and that at the foot of the page are from the  John Hopton collection.  The
                                      latter shows the biplane after its accident at Manly on 14 April 1935.   The blurry shot below
                                      is part of the E.W. Searle photographic collection (via the National Library of Australia) and
                                      illustrates the A-1 flying over the opening celebrations of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on 19
                                      March 1932.       This aircraft had been delivered new to a Mr. Joe Palmer of Sydney on
                                     1 August 1928 as G-AUHV.     In 1930 Palmer swapped out the original Curtiss OX-5 engine
                                      for a 100 hp Kinner K.5 power plant which is clearly visible in the shot above.  VH-UHV was
                                     stricken off the register on 31 July 1935 as a result of the above mentioned crash. Interestingly,
                                     this aircraft appears on a photo of the D.H.9 VH-UMT in which it is seen with 'Aerial Flights
                                     Company' titling, although that concern was never given as an owner of this aircraft, and was
                                     probably an aka used by Palmer.