De Hav­il­land Grand Cham­pi­ons

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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...

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