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  CA-6 Wackett Serial Number A3-139  

Aviation Safety Digest 1965

Central Australian Aviation Museum 2022
Pilot  James Knight (missing)
Force Landed  January 14, 1962

Aircraft History
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructors Number 373. Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Wackett serial number A3-139.

On October 1, 1945 offered for sale by CDC without an engine at Ballarat Airfield. During March 1946, sold to Huppert and Co for 20 Pounds. On April 10, 1953 registered in Australia as VH-BEC until 1955. Next, registered from 1959 until 1962 when lost.

On January 14, 1962 took off from Ceduna Airport piloted by James Knight on a flight bound for Cook, South Australia, but failed to arrive and was never seen again. In fact, this plane force landed 200 miles north of Cook.

When this plane failed to return, a large search was conducted for the missing plane but failed to find the plane.

On March 28, 1965 this plane was found two hundred miles north of Cook. When investigated on the ground, they found Knight remained with the downed plane and inscribed a diary and his last will and testament onto the fuselage panels. His last diary entry was made January 20, 1962, proving he survived for at least six days. The crash site investigation determined the mounting for the magnetic compass was loose and displayed headings that was 30° in error.

During 1977, the wreckage was recovered and is displayed at the Central Australian Aviation Museum.

ADF Serials - RAAF A3 CAC CA-2 & CA-6 Wackett Trainer - A3-139

Central Australian Aviation Museum - Wackett (photos)
Aviation Safety Digest No. 44 December, 1965 [PDF] pages 20–26

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