VH-DAT   CAC CA-28 Ceres                         (c/n   14)


                                      This was the former VH-CEP, re-registered VH-DAT when sold to Doggett Aviation of Perth in 1962.
                                       It is seen above at Jandakot in April 1965 in this nice color shot by Neil Follett.   Marv Prime's B&W
                                       (below) was taken at the same location in March 1967 (both images via Geoff Goodall).   On 16 Feb
                                      1968 during an engine start at an ag strip near Kojonup WA, the dry grass under the aircraft was set alight.
                                      The pilot was initially unaware of the fire and continued running the engine while ingesting the flames, and
                                       the fuselage undersurfaces were badly burnt.   It was trucked back to Jandakot Airport where the P&W
                                       engine was found to be a write-off and rebuilding the airframe determined to be uneconomic.   After
                                       several years in storage, the Ceres was sold to Perth TV Station TVW7 which was setting up a small
                                       aircraft museum at its Studios in the Perth suburb of Tuart Hill and cosmetically restored it back to a CAC
                                       Wirraway.   Geoff Goodall's photo # 3 below shows it at the studios, just before a change of management
                                       at that concern closed the aircraft museum down.   The "Wirraway" was then sold to a Sydney warbird
                                       enthusiast who planned to use the mainplanes for an airwaorthy Wirraway restoration project.