VH-UYJ  de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth           (c/n 3593)


                                    VH-UYJ was an Australian-built Tiger, first registered in August 1937.  It went to the Royal Aero
                                    Club of NSW as seen in the photograph above, with the black on navy blue scheme making the
                                    registration hard to discern.  It "did its time" as A17-686.  At the end of its career as a trainer it was
                                    acquired by Aerial Crop Dusters and Sprayers Pty Ltd who operated out of Moorabbin, south-east
                                    of Melbourne.   The lower shot was taken at that locale in December of 1955.  Note spray bars
                                    under the wings.  This company at one time used the rather irreverent slogan of "Let Us Spray"!
                                    Unfortunately this Tiger went the way of many aeroplanes in that industry and was struck off the
                                    register following a crash shortly after I took this photograph.     I do remember thinking at the time
                                    that that was a rather ignominious end for such an historic aircraft.    The shot at the foot of the
                                    page from the CAHS archives shows the porr old thing following the above mentioned fatal prang.