VH-AFB  (1)     CAC CA6 Wackett Trainer   (c/n  353)


                               Two Hundred Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA6 Wackett Trainers were built for the
                               RAAF in the early years of WW II.  In addition there were two prototypes, model numbered
                               CA2.  The Wackett was named after its designer, Sir Lawrence Wackett, and was a docile
                               trainer with excellent flying manners.  Originally designed to be powered by a de Havilland Gipsy
                               Six, shortages of this engine dictated that all 200 were fitted with Warner Super Scarabs of some
                               165 hp output.  At the end of the war, forty-six were relinquished into the civilian market, where
                               they made excellent aero club follow-on trainers from the Tiger Moth. 
                               The above photograph of VH-AFB, although a poor shot, (and sans tail wheel) illustrates one
                               of the first Wackett Trainers to appear on the civil register, being duly registered as airworthy
                               in October 1945.  It was formerly with the RAAF as A3-119.   Another, older vintage photo
                               of it (expertly restored by Barry Maclean) appears below.  However, for  modellers or those
                               viewers seeking a better Wackett photograph, see VH-AGP.  Finally, the shot at the foot of the
                               page by Barrie Colledge shows -AFB at Morrabbin in 1954.