The de Havilland Flying Club


John Fysh

Honorary Member

John Fysh of New South Wales learned to fly on the Tiger Moths of 8 EFTS Narrandera, NSW
John tells us, "The war wound down before I got any further.
My father was a pilot and flew a number of de Havilland aeroplanes.  My first flight I remember was with him as pilot in a Gipsy Moth at Longreach,
Queensland in 1929.  I sat in the rear cockpit on somebody's lap!  Later he was endorsed on DH 50's, DH 60's, Fox Moth, Puss Moth and Dragonfly.
I flew with him on his last flight as a pilot in 1940, before the war claimed the club's Puss Moth.  We both had a flight in a DH Comet
at Hatfield in 1950 piloted by 'Catseyes' Cunningham."

John's father was Sir Hudson Fysh KBE DFC, co-founder of QANTAS - hence the AVRO 504K G-AUBG model in John's hands in the above picture
which was QANTAS's first aircraft.  A replica is displayed in the domestic terminal at Sydney airport.


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