CAC CA-16 WIRRAWAY Mk III A20-652 / VH-WIR
C/N 1104




The Wirraway was acquired with a grant from The John Villiers Trust.

The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of John Villiers (1912 - 2002)

 

 


04JUL44
Received at No 1 Aircraft Depot, Laverton ex CAC Fishermens Bend as A20-652. (Source: 4)
06JUL44
Allocated 1AD Pilot Test Training Flight, Laverton. (Source: 4)
17JUL44
In service at 1AD PTTF. (Source: 4)
19SEP44
Slight damage in a taxy accident at Laverton Vic when pilot, W/O W H Bleach collided with a grader. The damage was repaired by 1AD. (Source: 4)
06AUG46
Allocated to storage at 1AD. (Source: 4)
16SEP46
Received at 1AD Store. (Source: 4)
17AUG48
Allotted Category C Storage status. (Source: 4)
17MAR50
Received Det B 1AD Tocumwal ex 1AD Storage Laverton. (Source: 4)
04JUL52
Received at Department of Aircraft Production, Parafield, SA ex Det B 1AD Tocumwal. (Source: 4)
15APR53
Received Det B 1AD Tocumwal ex DAP Parafield. (Source: 4)
08FEB57
Request for approval to dispose. (Source: 4)
30OCT58
Approval granted to dispose. (Source: 4)
11JUN59
Sold to Horsham Foundry. (Source: 4)
25MAR60
Resold to Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation. (Source: 4)
05APR60
Delivered to CAC at Essendon Airfield. (Source: 4)
Acquired by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation for conversion to CA-28 Ceres. Stored at CAC Fishermens Bend but never converted. (Source: 1)
NOV63
Sold to Peter Frearson of the Fleet Wings Service Station at Laverton, Vic. Stored dismantled behind the garage.
(Source: 1)
22FEB64
Photographed under assembly in the backyard of Frearson's Garage at Laverton. (Source: 5)
19SEP64
Moved by road from Laverton to the Melbourne suburb of Pascoe Vale. (Source: 1)
07NOV65
Photographed on display in an elevated position at a service station in Gaffney Street, Pascoe Vale.
(Source: 5)
69
Displayed at a garage at Reservoir, Vic. (Source: 1)
83
Sold to Dusty Lane, Geoff Milne and Vin Thomas of Albury, NSW. (Source: 1)
16AUG86
Weighed by Aero Weigh Pty Ltd - 1921.50 Kg (nil fuel & nil oil) (Source: 6)
26AUG86
Registered VH-WIR (#2) to Vincent H. Thomas, Albury NSW. The registration VH-WIR had been reserved in August 1974 for another Wirraway (A20-649) but the registration was not taken up and the aircraft was sold in 1988 to Kermit Weeks of Tamiami, Florida, USA prior to the completion of its restoration. (Source: 1)
29AUG86
Australian Aircraft Log Book No. 1 for VH-WIR opened at zero hours:

Aircraft removed from open storage and completely stripped for restoration to flying condition.DoA letter V131-19-146 dated 22 June 1984 refers. Extracts of worksheets and certification documents summarized viz:

XRay inspections of rear fuselage, tailplane and stabilizer attach points, fwd fuselage attach points carried out at Ansett Airlines NDT Section . Mag particle inspection of tailplane fwd and rear attach points, vert stab fwd and rear attach points, engine mounts, wing to fuselage attach points, MLG attach fittings and eddy current to MLG attach fittings. All carried out at Ansett Airlines NDT Section. Fuselage frame weld repairs to tailplane attach tubes 7/8, vertical stab rear spreader angle and longeron finger doubler carried out by WV63. Fuselage formers 1-5 and 7 replaced. All surface corrosion treated with chromic acid and Iridite 1000. Port and stbd wing lower spar caps repaired to o/h manual fig 24, ribs and leading edge ribs repaired and replaced as necessary and detailed in worksheets. Wing skins replaced similarly. Aileron bellcranks removed, cleaned, crack detected, repainted and reinstalled. Interior of both wings reprotected with Boeshield. Exterior surfaces etch primed and reprotected. Centre section stripped, spar caps repaired to Repair Manual Part II Fig 25 & 33A. Ribs repaired or replaced to Fig 12. Flap hinges replaced. Centre section reprotected and repainted. Fuselage reassembled and all control surfaces recovered with Ceconite Process. All electrical wiring replaced. All switches renewed. Instrument panel assembled using all overhauled instruments. Fuel system - tanks removed and completely overhauled. All new hoses fitted. Following modifications incorporated during reassembly:

- To Reg 40 data approved by Gisbourne Aeronautics.
- Baggage compartment installed.
- Smoke system installed.
- Hydraulic system converted to Mineral Oil.
- Elevator and rudder trim cables re-routed.
- Allowable damage to tube 25 at tail wheel fork strut mount defined.

Engine: Pratt & Whitney R1340-S3H1G s/n 14877 fitted.
Propeller: Hamilton Standard 3D40-227 constant speed s/n 54363 fitted.
Radio: King KX160 Nav/Com installed.
Aircraft weighed by A. Searle AV70.

The engine was first installed in an aircraft on 08OCT45. Prior to being fitted to VH-WIR, the engine was fitted to a DHC-3 Otter and overhauled by Shorts Air Services Pty Ltd on 06DEC73. When fitted to VH-WIR the engine had a total time of 600:50 hours with overhaul due every 1000 hours. For fitment to a Wirraway, the engine required internal modification to convert it from hydromatic propeller to constant speed propeller. (Source: 6)

Footnote: In 1961 the Australian Government acquired two DHC-3 Otters for use at the Weapons Research Establishment at Woomera. These aircraft were assembled at Bankstown and fitted with engines left over from Wirraway production. In 1967 the operation of the two Otters was taken over by Shorts Air Services. Both aircraft were exported to Canada in 1980. (Source: 7)
19SEP86
First flight after restoration at Essendon, Vic. (Source: 1)
16AUG88
Periodic inspection by Airepair. (TT: 76:00) (Source: 6)
19OCT89
Periodic inspection by Professional Light Aircraft Services. (TT:90:30) (Source: 6)
28SEP90
Periodic inspection by Airepair. (TT:113:00) (Source: 6)
31JAN92
Inspection 250hr/5 yr by Scone Aircraft Maintenance. (TT:139:00) (Source: 6)
15FEB94
Periodic inspection by Arcas Airways Pty Ltd. (TT:176:86 sic) (Source: 6)
12DEC94
Weighed by Aero Weigh Pty Ltd - 1958.73 Kg (nil fuel & full oil) (Source: 6)
16FEB95
Periodic inspection by Arcas Airways Pty Ltd. (TT:206:01) (Source: 6)
13FEB96
Periodic inspection by Professional Light Aircraft Services. Fatigue inspection and minor fabric rejuvenation repairs. (TT:235:00) (Source: 6)
07MAR97
Periodic inspection by Professional Light Aircraft Services. (TT:258:15) (Source: 6)
20FEB98
Periodic inspection by Professional Light Aircraft Services. (TT:278:00) (Source: 6)
10SEP99
Periodic inspection by Professional Light Aircraft Services. Refabric elevators and rudder with Stits Polyester. Rub down tops of wings and repaint silver. (TT:308:15) (Source: 6)
12JAN01
An export permit was issued by the Australian Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts under the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986. (Source: 3)
29NOV01
Periodic inspection by Hazair Pty Ltd. Left wing removed and sent to Old Aeroplane Company for corrosion repairs. Right wing also removed but no corrosion present. (TT:309:00) (Source: 6)
29NOV01
Certificate of Airworthiness MEL 00148/03 (Limited Category) issued. (Source: 6)
08FEB03
Periodic inspection by Hazair Pty Ltd. (TT:309:07) (Source: 6)
25AUG06
Sold on eBay to Peter Smythe of Adelaide. (Source: 2)
03AUG07
After a much-publicised legal dispute arising out of the sale on eBay, ownership of the aircraft was awarded to Peter Smythe of Adelaide in the New South Wales Supreme Court. (Source: 2)
18MAR08
Periodic inspection by Hazair Pty Ltd at Albury, NSW. Fabric side panels replaced by Encore Aviation. (TT:313:04) (Source: 6)
07APR08
Departed Albury for Parafield with a fuel stop at Swan Hill, arriving Parafield late in the day. (Source: 8)
When Peter Smythe took possession of the aircraft it had no markings except for the wings. The fuselage was still in grey primer. In preparation for the aeroplane's imminent public debut at the Classic Jets Fly-In it was decided to paint the aircraft with roundels which were more appropriate for WWII. Up until this time the aircraft had worn kangaroo roundels. (Source: 9)
13APR08
The aircraft made its first public appearance after arriving in South Australia when it participated in the Classic Jets Fighter Museum Fly-In at Parafield. (Source: 8)
22APR09
Periodic inspection by Hazair Pty Ltd. (TT:327:00) (Source: 6)
02MAR10
Periodic inspection by Gulfstream Aviation Pty Ltd. (TT:332:07) (Source: 6)
25OCT10
QAM signed a contract to purchase the aircraft with a grant from The John Villiers Trust.
25NOV10
Annual inspection and Maintenance Release by Golden Age Aviation at Parafield. (TT:334:30) (Source: 6)
26NOV10
Payment was made to Peter and Catharine Smythe and change of ownership reported to CASA. Aircraft was test flown (1 hr) by Matthew Denning.
26NOV10
Registration Holder and Registered Operator changed to Queensland Air Museum Inc. (Source: 6)
27NOV10
Departed Parafield for Mildura flown by Matthew and Simone Denning (1hr 40min). The aircraft was to continue on to Temora but unfavourable weather forced an overnight stop at Mildura.
28NOV10
Departed Mildura for Temora but diverted to Griffith because of unfavourable weather to the north and east (1hr 30min). Aircraft hangared at Griffith until weather and pilot availability will permit resumption of the delivery flight.
11DEC10
Departed Griffith for Narromine and Toowoomba but diverted to Moree and night-stopped because of weather (3hr). Flown by Matt Denning and John Gallagher.
12DEC10
Departed Moree for Toowoomba (1hr 30min).
13DEC10
Arrived Caloundra from Toowoomba (1hr).
18DEC10
A welcoming ceremony was held at Caloundra after which the aircraft departed for Caboolture where it engaged in aerial photography before returning to Caloundra (1hr). The aircraft was crewed by Matt and Simone Denning. Total Time: 344hr 10min.
22DEC10
The aircraft was moved from Caloundra Airport across Pathfinder Drive to QAM where it was placed on display in Hangar 2. Although the aircraft will not be flown, it will be maintained in airworthy condition in accordance with a maintenance schedule which calls for the engine to be run and the hydraulics cycled at regular intervals. Because of these requirements, the Wirraway will not be included in QAM's annual Open Cockpit Weekend.
12MAR11
The aircraft had its first regular engine run.
31MAR11
The aircraft was formally dedicated to the memory of John Villiers in a ceremony at the Museum.

 

Sources
1
Warbirds Directory 2008 by Geoff Goodall.
2
Peter Smythe v Vincent Thomas [2007] NSWSC 844
3
http://www.arts.gov.au/publications/annual_reports/annual_report_2000-2001/annual_report_2000-01_-_appendices#2
4
RAAF Form E/E 88 via Gordon Birkett.
5
John Hopton Esq.
6
Log Book VH-WIR.
7
www.adf-serials.com
8
South Australian Air Journal Vol 37 No 1 p.16
9
Peter Smythe.

 

 

The Delivery Flight

Biography of John Villiers

Biography of John Villiers (abridged)

Photograph of John Villiers

Dedication Ceremony

 

 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
14
02APR11
Added details of the dedication ceremony.
13
22MAR11
Added an image of the first regular engine run.
12
16JAN11
Added sector times for delivery flight.
11
14JAN11
Added date of transfer of registration to QAM.
10
27DEC10
Aircraft placed on display at QAM.
9
22DEC10
Elaborated on the DHC-3 Otter engine connection.
8
20DEC10
History updated from aircraft log books.
7
13DEC10
Aircraft has arrived at Caloundra.
6
02DEC10
Added details of delivery flight to date.
5
26NOV10
Added date of purchase.
4
25NOV10
Added five new images thanks to Andrei Bezmylov, Martin Eadie, Rob Fox and Phil Vabre.
3
24NOV10
Added three new images thanks to Geoff Goodall and Phil Hosking.
2
19NOV10
Added an acknowledgement to The John Villiers Trust.
1
25OCT10
Original issue.