VH-UOQ  de Havilland D.H.60M Moth            (c/n  1483)


                                     Spats certainly gave this Metal Moth a sporting look.   It was first imported in 1930 for Adastra
                                     Airways of Mascot*.   Not sure why it was named 'Goldfinch'.   It crashed into Cronulla Bay in
                                     February of 1935 but was repaired and restored to the register by September of that year, only
                                     to crash again in the Blue Mountains a month later in December.  (Very irritating for the bloke
                                     that did the rebuild).   By 1938 it was back on the register and was finally impressed into the
                                     'colours' in July 1940, not as an A7- flying machine, but for its spare parts..   Image above from
                                     the Len Dobbin collection, courtesy of the Civil Aviation Historical Society archives, and lower,
                                     earlier (sans spats) from the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland collection.

                                    *  A photo showing -UOQ when brand new in front of Adastra's hangar at Mascot appears in
                                        the following entry for VH-UOR.