VH-USM  de Havilland D.H.85 Leopard Moth                  (c/n  7086)


                                           As can be seen, I will go to almost any lengths to obtain an image of an aircraft!   This
                                           shot was published in the Brisbane Courier-Mail for 19 July 1935 and the caption read:
                                           "Looking through the undercarriage of a Fox Moth towards a Leopard Moth, two aircraft
                                            ready for use at the busy Archerfield aerodrome".    VH-USM was delivered in January
                                           1935 to J.W.F. Collins of Beaudesert, Queensland..  Two years later it went to C.A.
                                           Knudson of Bundaberg who apparently held it through the war years, selling it in 1948 to
                                           R. Lauder of Cunnamulla, Qld.   Inasmuch as it was not withdrawn from use until August
                                           of 1955, I am amazed that this is the only image I have been able to unearth of it, and this
                                           only though the diligence of Graeme Parsons digging through newspaper files!