This photo is of one of my friend's great grandfather:

Unidentified biplane

We wish to commemorate a museum in his name as he was a highly regarded person in his area, so we wish to show this photo in the museum with details of the plane.

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    $\begingroup$ A bit more information about the photo may help. Approximately when was is taken? Do you know the location? $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima
    Jan 11, 2021 at 10:28

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It's a De Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth

Picture of a DH.83 Fox Moth

Source Wikipedia. Photographer: Chris Finney

With a bit of image contrast and brightness modification, the registration can be read on the underside of the wing: VT-AEA.

VT is the registration prefix for India since the 1930's

The historic registration can be found on www.airhistory.org.uk and here.

Registr. Type Serial # Reg. History Owners Date Cert. # Fate
VT-AEA DH.83 Fox Moth 4043 The Bombay Flying Club Ltd 01.05.33 173 Reregistered 6.12.37
VT-AEA DH.83 Fox Moth 4043 VT-AEA GB Keshein, Bombay 6.12.37 173/2 Reregistered 1.2.38
VT-AEA DH.83 Fox Moth 4043 VT-AEA Air Services of India Ltd, Bombay 1.2.38 173/3 Cancelled 10.7.41

The aircraft was first owned by the Flying club of Bombay since 1933, then briefly by G.B. Keshein in Bombay and then by Air Services of India until 1941.

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    $\begingroup$ Just had to comment to say what a wonderful answer this is. You could have stopped at make and model, but you chose not to; there's heaps of detail but it's still concise. +1. $\endgroup$
    – cooperised
    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:22
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    $\begingroup$ "Fox Moth"? They don't name them like they used to. $\endgroup$
    – Phil Frost
    Jan 13, 2021 at 4:29
  • $\begingroup$ @PhilFrost DeHavilland made a whole series of Moths. The Moth, Cirrus Moth, Genet Moth, Gypsy Moth, Giant Moth, Tiger Moth, Hornet Moth, Moth Minor, Moth Major, Hawk Moth, Puss Moth, Swallow Moth and the Leopard Moth. Then they made a Dragonfly, a Flamingo and a Dolphin. They also made Goblins and Gnomes. $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima
    Jan 14, 2021 at 12:41

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