De Havilland DH60 Moth VH-UAV

One of the early batch of DH60 Moths purchased by the CAB for loan to the Aero Club movement to support pilot training, this aircraft (cn 369) was built at De Havilland's factory at Stag Lane, UK, and shipped to Australia. It was originally powered by a 95 hp Cirrus Mk III.

The aircraft was originally registered under the early system of registration marks as G-AUAV to the CAB on 10 July 1929 with Certificate of Registration number 302. The following month, on 16 August, G-AUAV was loaned to the Queensland Aero Club and based at Brisbane/Archerfield.

The aircraft was damaged in a landing accident on 16 March 1930 but its Certificate of Airworthiness was renewed after repair by Q.A.N.T.A.S. at Brisbane/Eagle Farm. The registration marks were probably amended at this time under the new scheme to VH-UAV. The photo above shows the aircraft after the registration mark change carrying the identifying rudder stripes of the Queensland Aero Club.

VH-UAV soldiered on with the Aero Club until 1934 when the Cirrus was replaced by a 98 hp DH Gipsy I engine. Just under three years later, on 19 June 1937, VH-UAV was destroyed in a mid-air collision with VH-UAN, another CAB Moth on loan to the Queensland Aero Club, 1/2 mile south of Archerfield.

(Photo: John Hopton collection HC30009)

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