WRECKS & RELICS - CIVIL
|The sad sight of DH Mosquito
PR.41 VH-WAD The Quokka dumped
out of sight at Perth Airport in May 1968.
It had previously been displayed next to the French Lancaster in an open compound for the Airforce Association, but the
Mosquito deteriorated rapidly due to the effects of the weather
From the other side. This former RAAF Mosquito had been donated to Captain James Woods, Perth by the Australian Government
for his entry in the 1953 London to Christchurch Air Race, but his main sponsors pulled out when Canberra jets were entered.
The RAAF fuselage roundel and fin flash were visible through the faded silver paint.
|Mosquito VH-WAD was acquired
by a Perth export dealer and on-sold to a warbird dealer in New York.
While waiting for a new owner in Arizona to arrange shipping, it was stored in a Perth woolstore, as seen in October 1971.
It finally left Fremantle by ship in May 1972, but was off-loaded in Melbourne when the shipping costs were not paid.
After long storage in the Melbourne weather, the sad wreck was restored for display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra
The tangled remains of General Aircraft Monospar ST.11 VH-UAZ found in a backyard in the Perth suburb of Redcliffe in August 1972.
Airlines(WA) Ltd flew it on scheduled services from Perth until retired on 6 October 1945 at the old Maylands Aerodrome.
Three years later an engineer with the company took it home to become a chicken house, but it was burnt out in a grass fire
The crash remains of DH.94 Moth Minor VH-THT were found on a farm at Willyabrup WA. Cream with green trim.
It was later collected by the Airforce Association museum group in Perth, who restored it for display at the AFA Aviation Heritage Museum
|This Miles Gemini fuselage
was found in the rafters of a farm barn at Shackleton WA in December 1971.
The wings, undercarriage and other parts were found on the farm rubbish tip. It was collected by the AFA museum group in Perth
VH-AJH was the last of the Kingsford Smith KS.3 Cropmaster conversions, based on CA-6 Wackett Trainers.
Seen out on the grass at Jandakot WA in January 1974 after being parked in the Air Culture hangar since its last flight 10 years earlier.
This rare Australian agricultural design was displayed at the Aviation Heritage Museum, Perth, later at Queensland Air Museum
The remains of two other KS.3 Wackett-Cropmasters VH-FBD & FBF, which had both crashed in WA service with Air Culture Pty Ltd,
ended up on the Jandakot Airport fire practice ground. Here's the fuselage frame of VH-FBF in January 1973
|The fuselage frame of
VH-FBD, although burnt, had parts and fittings useful to John Gallagher
for his restoration of CA-6
Wackett Trainer VH-DGR in Sydney. In August 1975 Roger McDonald and I, with the help of fire crew day shift, loaded it
on this truck and moved it to RAAF Pearce, where it was sent to Sydney courtesy of the RAAF C-130 transport courier
CAC CA-6 Wackett Trainer VH-AIY was based at Broome in the far north of WA for 20 years, flown by Captain Horrie Miller,
founder of the WA airline MMA. Seen in October 1975 displayed in this building in town, suffering from the tropical heat and humidity.
Horrie's Wackett was later moved to Perth for display at the Aviation Heritage Museum
|A later Commonwealth
Aircraft Corporation design was the CA-28 Ceres agricultural aircraft, based
on the CAC Wirraway.
VH-DAT of Doggett Aviation, Perth had been retired in February 1968 after suffering fire damage, and was acquired by
Perth TV studios TVW7 for a planned museum. Photographed while stored at their Mount Yokine studios in March 1970
|Here's the CA-28 VH-DAT after the TVW7 transformed
it back to a CAC Wirraway for display in the museum on their studio grounds.
While the RAAF wartime paintwork is poor, the airframe looks remarkably accurate
|This crpdusting Tiger Moth was rotting in
the weather at Perth's Janadakot Airport in this shot taken in June 1968.
It was also acquired by Perth TVW7 and moved to their studios in January 1969
|The TV studio set carpenters were put to
work on the Tiger, and by March 1970 it was restored to RAAF trainer yellow
|By August 1972 the Tiger Moth VH-AHP was
inside the stylish TVW7 museum at their studios at Mount Yokine, Perth
The collection also featured vintage vehicles, gliders and two Vampires. A few years later, a change of TV network
management resulted in a new corporate vision, in which the museum was discarded
A Tiger Moth and Fox Moth rolled out of a shed on a farm near Cunderdin WA in January 1969. Inside that shed were a dozen
derelict agricultural Tiger Moth fuselages and stacks of wings, previously held as spares by Bob Couper Co at Cunderdin Aerodrome.
Despite the tailplane fitted, this Tiger Moth was VH-AMP, on which some cosmetic fabric work had been begun
|VH-AMP hanging in the
old mill folk-museum at Cunderdin in January 1974. This Tiger Moth has perplexed
visiting enthusiasts ever since. Despite representing a yellow RAAF
Tiger Moths of 9EFTS at Cunderdin during WWII, other than a liberal spraying
of yellow paint,
it remains in single-cockpit agricultural configuration with hopper release mechanism preserved under fuselage.
Civil registration VH-WLQ has been applied (never a Tiger Moth), presumably an confused recollection of the tail fin of VH-WFQ
|Here's the cockpit section
of DHC-1 Chipmunk VH-WRW in the playground of a children's pre-school centre
at Rockingham WA
in September 1971. It crashed at Carnarvon WA in November 1964 and retains Royal Aero Club of WA's red and white scheme
Grounded Percival Proctor 1 VH-BLC at Dennis Yewers' property Yongarloo, Morawa WA in June 1970.
The Proctor was taxied around the farm under its own power, the Gipsy Queen fed fuel from a 4 gallon tin lashed to the stub wing.
It was considered beyond repair, but this is a good news story - the Prcotor was saved and rebuilt as VH-FEP
Here's the same Proctor after a major rebuild to satisfy DCA glued wood joints requirements.
Photographed at Jandakot in March 1980, owned by Fred Edmunds, painted white and yellow and re-registered VH-FEP
|Douglas DC-3 Tourist
Bureau at tropical Broome WA in January 1979. Painted in Ansett scheme
with name RMA Broome
and spurious registration "VN-BME" (Broome's airline code was BME). It was actually PK-GDC of Trans Nusantara Airways
which ran off the Broome runway landing in monsoonal rain in January 1974, carrying oil rig workers from Bali and Timor