Westland Widgeon 111 'Kookaburra'

Manufactured in 1927, the components on display represent what was found of Keith Anderson’s plane in the Tanami Desert after 50 years. The ‘Kookaburra’ was acquired by Anderson in 1929 and soon after was flown by Keith Anderson and Bobby Hitchcock across Australia in a desperate bid to help find the missing Fokker of Charles Kingsford Smith. Anderson and Hitchcock perished after a forced landing in the Tanami Desert with engine trouble. Their bodies were recovered and the plane left to the bushfires.

In 1978 the ‘Kookaburra’ was located and recovered. It was then displayed in a Desert Panorama as it was found by the NT Museums and Art Galleries Board.

The wreckage is displaying in a dedicated showroom next to Heron Hangar.

Technical Details

Engine: 1 x 85HP Cirrus 4 cylinder

Wingspan: 11.09m / 36’4”

Length: 7.14m / 23’5”

Performance: Cruising Speed 136.75km/h / 85mi/h

Capacity: Pilot and 1 passenger

In March 2018, the memorial backdrop was repainted, and in February 2019, the exterior panels were also repainted with a photo of Anderson and Hitchcock with their aircraft behind.

Thanks to local sign-writer Chris Scott from Brushcraft Signs.