Originally owned as CF-AVA by Consolidated Mining & Smelting at Trail/BC. It was grounded in 1942 due to wartime restrictions and was in store at Kelowna/BC c.1950. According to the FAA it was built in 1969 so this could be the year it became airworthy again.
VH-ABU behind the house on Brighton Road where it was stored. The house was demolished in 1969. ABU's owners assumed it destroyed but it had been towed away. It then changed hands several times always with a view to restoration and at one stage its original registration VH-UPA was reserved. Now displayed at the Hinkler museum in Bundaberg, Queensland, painted as CF-APK in which Bert Hinkler was killed in Italy in 1933.
Flown to New Zealand in defiance of the Civil Aviation Board suspending its registration because the modifications for the flight were not approved. Crew Ray Whitehead and Rex Nicholl arrested on arrival. They were fined. A aircraft registered in New Zealand as ZK-ADU. Used for joyriding taking advantage of the notoriety. Photo from: National Library of Australia
The Puss Moth of Jimmy Melrose at Mildenhall before the London to Melbourne Air Race. Flying solo, Melrose finished as seventh and as third on handicap, winning the second handicap prize. Roscoe Turner's Boeing 247, with not race number 57, but the Heintz Tomato Ketchup number 57, is also seen. Photo from: Civil Aviation Historical Society (Australia) / Geoff Goodall collection
Delivered to Qantas in 1930 and used for outback air services and charter. Grounded in September 1932 over concerns at the integrity of Puss Moth wings but back in the air in March 1933 with more frequent inspections (in 1942 Australia mandated a third wing strut following a further wing failure). VH-UPQ sold to McDonald Air Service in September 1933. Crashed into the sea near Cairns, Queensland, on January 19, 1937, after the pilot fell asleep. One passenger, a child, drowned but the pilot and a second passenger rescued. Photo from: State Library of Queensland