VH-UPK  de Havilland D.H.60 Cirrus Moth            (c/n  599)


                                      This was another of the early Moths delivered to the RAAF in 1928 and relinquished to the Civil
                                      Aviation Branch, Department of Defence in Melbourne for distribution among the civil flying schools
                                      on a loan basis.  This one, formerly A7-17  went to the Rockhampton Aero Club.   It was transferred
                                      when that facility became a branch of the Queensland Aero Club in January 1935 and later that year
                                      was on the strength of the newly chartered Royal Queensland Aero Club.  It is seen in the tail stripes
                                      of that organization in the shot above from the Geoff Goodall collection.  The photo below, taken
                                      somewhat earlier, shows it sporting a racing number whilst with the Rockhampton Aero Club (image
                                      courtesy of the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland collection).  After a decade of hard
                                      flying with the aero club, based mostly at Rockhampton, it was impressed back into the RAAF again
                                      in July 1940 with the new serial of A7-83, but it did not survive the war.