De Havilland Grand Champions
The Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia (AAAA) National Fly-in at Echuca, Vic in March was a great success, with well over 100 vintage aircraft visiting, of which vintage de Havilland types dominated. Awarded Antique Grand Champion was Flying Doctor Servicepainted DH83 Fox Moth VH-UVL owned by Roy Fox and newly restored by Luskintyre Aircraft Restorations in New South Wales. ‘UVL was based on one of the new fuselages built in New Zealand in the early ‘90s and originally flown some fifteen years ago. Also present was last year’s Grand Champion, DH60M Gipsy Moth VH-UOI, another Luskintyre restoration. Flown all the way from Boonah, Queensland by British pilot Paul Gliddon (more usually associated with his Yorkshire-based, Hornet and Tiger Moth and Aeronca C3) was DH85 Leopard Moth VH-UUL, that was exported to Australia in 1935. Australia’s oldest registered aircraft, 1925-built DH60 Moth VH-UAE, the 12th DH60 built and the second oldest survivor after G-EBLV at Old Warden was flown in by David and Carolyn Salter from northern New South Wales. In addition there were around fifteen Tiger Moths and seven Chipmunks contributing to the DH presence. Austers are still very popular in Australia and were the most numerous type after the Tiger Moth, with Auster J1B Aiglet VH-KAZ one of the highlights. Needless to say there was a good mix of other vintage types including the rare CAC Ceres VH-SSY (an agricultural aircraft based on the CAC Wirraway trainer/attack aircraft), Winjeels, CT4S, Cessna 120/140 and 195s and a couple of Luscombes. AAAA National Fly-in 2018 will be held at Echuca on 16-18 March. Report & photos: Nigel Hitchman
Fox Moth VH-UVL, this year’s Antique Grand Champion 1925 DH60 Moth VH-UAE with Gipsy Moth VH-UOI British pilot Paul Gliddon in his Leopard Moth VH-UUL VH-UAE, the world’s second-oldest airworthy DH60 Auster J1B Aiglet VH-KAZ & CAC Ceres VH-SSY...