Tiger on the beach.

Well, ok – a few hundred feet above the beach.This is Jack Davidson’s De Havilland DH 82A Tiger Moth VH-BGX (ex- A17-518) near Newcastle NSW, c1972. We were just returning from a trip to Forster-Tuncurry Aero Club’s new airstrip*, between the Lakes Way and the beach north of Tuncurry. Jack’s Tiger had been fitted with a canopy from a Wackett trainer, a tailwheel and brakes. The canopy made the Tiger much more comfortable in cold weather, while the tailwheel and brakes made it a lot easier to handle on tarmac runways and taxiways. It was later sold, and destroyed in Darwin in 1974 by cyclone Tracy; although according to Ed Coates it has resurfaced now, rebuilt as VH-DHA. Which goes to show that in Aviation anything is possible, given enough time, effort and money. Photo taken from De Havilland DH 80A Puss Moth VH-UQB.

*The Tuncurry airstrip was deemed unsuitable for training and eventually closed when the older but previously abandoned Wallis Island strip was reopened.

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