Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-6 Wackett Trainer

The Wackett Trainer was developed during WWII as an intermediate pilot training aircraft for use by the RAAF. This Wackett served at Laverton, Ballarat, Naromine and Parkes during its RAAF days. Following the war, it was owned by a number of private owners. In 1962 this aircraft and its pilot James Knight went missing. Despite an extensive search, it remained missing for three and a half years. The pilot has never been found. The aircraft was recovered from the Great Victoria Desert and donated to the Museum by Bill and Bev Kinsman.

The full and interesting story of this tragedy is available in the Booklet Journey to Nowhere.

Technical Details

Engine: 1 x 175HP Warner Super Scarab 7 cylinder Radial

Wingspan: 11.3m / 37’

Performance: Cruising Speed 177km/h / 110mi/h

Capacity: Pilot and 1 passenger