VH-UIA de Havilland D.H.60G Gipsy Moth
The above image is from the John Oxley
Library, State Library of Queensland collection. This is the
Moth given to pioneer Australian aviator Keith Virtue by his father
when Keith secured his pilot's
at the age of 19. He had trained under the instruction of
Captain Lester Brain at the Qantas
Flying School at Archerfield where this shot was taken.
The two photos below are from the Bruce
collection. The upper one shows -UIA on the beach at Brunswick
Heads, NSW in
whilst the lower depicts Keith having his helmet adjusted at Lismore in
1931 (the year I was born).
love that "Virtue's Air Travel No.
1" in the upper shot. Forerunner of
In the event
along with Bruce's grandfather, G.A. Robinson, went
on to found New England Airways,
Flying Superintendent for Airlines of Australia, and a senior
captain with ANA until his well
know faux pas
in 1954 when he landed a DC-4 wheels up at Eagle
Farm. VH-UIA, in the meantime
had been sold
in 1934 to the Victorian Flying School and Taxi Service
and then to Holy-
Pty Ltd in 1936. It was picked up
by ANA when that
airline was formed at the end
on the serve with the RAF during the war as
ultimate fate is unknown,
it was scrapped or RTP'd.