VH-AJU CAC CA6
Wackett Trainer (c/n 310)
This aircraft was bought as war surplus in 1946 by a Mr.
J.T. Brown for the princely sum of
170 Pounds Australian. Even at that price I don't
think it was much of a bargain. It had suffered
an accident in 1944 at
Maryborough, Qld., although the engine was undamaged. Clearly some
sort of restoration
had been performed when this shot was taken at Bankstown in 1955.
withdrawn from use in
1962, following a forced landing in the far west of South
Australia. To put
that in the venacular of my now home state,
North Carolina: "Man, there ain't nuthin' out there!".
It is perhaps an endorsement
to someone's fortitude that Geoff Goodall was able to take the shot
of it in August 1962 (below) reposing in a
hangar in Parafield, possibly a 1,000 miles from where
cracked up. As far as I know it never flew again.