AUSTER J/5G CIRRUS AUTOCAR VH-BYP
MSN 2945

 

 


Built as J/5B Autocar
VH-KBZ
   
30JAN52
Registered to Kingsford Smith Aviation Services, Bankstown, NSW as VH-KBZ (CofR 1889).
01FEB52
Change of ownership to Henry Knight, Cobar, NSW
12DEC53
Crashed at Cobar, NSW.
    The following first-hand account was contributed in September 2006 by former QAM member, David Bourke:

"I
n 1953, I was a twelve year-old boy boarding at the Cobar Convent and was an enthusiastic plane lover. Down from the Convent was the Cobar Golf Club where Auster VH-KBZ had its accident. The aircraft was owned by a grazier by the name of Henry David Knight, known to everyone as Dave Knight. On the day of the accident, Dave dressed in a Santa costume and accompanied by two of the Cobar Constabulary, set off to fly over the kids Christmas party at the Golf Club to drop presents. The first pass was too fast to drop the presents and the next pass ended in a stall into either a large peppercorn or box tree (I cannot remember which). There were no serious injuries but the accident brought an end to Dave's flying career and his aeroplane. Immediately after the accident, someone yelled; 'Call the Police' to which Dave replied; 'No need, I have them with me!' The Auster was removed from the trees and placed in the rear of the Police yard behind the gaol and a wooden fence. The wooden fence was just across a lane from the Convent and on occasions I would sneak out of the Convent and unknown to the Nuns would jump the fence and pretend to fly this wreck. I was later sent to St.Joseph's College in Sydney and this ended my acquaintance with KBZ. Dave Knight has since passed on."
15FEB54
Cancelled from Register.
Rebuilt as an Auster J/5G.
VH-BYP
   
03FEB55
Registered to Kingsford Smith Aviation Services, Bankstown, NSW as VH-BYP (CofR 2264)
08FEB55
Change of ownership to John Crawford, Wallendbeen, NSW.
20DEC63
Cancelled from Register at owner's request as withdrawn from use.
01JUL70
Change of ownership to Keith Wickham, Wedderburn, Vic (NSW ?)
09SEP70
Change of ownership to Civil Flying Services, Cheltenham, Vic.
09OCT70
Change of ownership to John King, French Island, Vic.
05APR72
Owner's change of address: John King, Crib Point, Vic
20NOV73
Change of ownership to Rudolf Pleschutschnig, Corio, Vic.
24NOV75
Owner's change of address: Rudolf Pleschutschnig, Terang, Vic
10NOV85
Change of ownership to John Findlow, Boort, Vic.
07NOV87
Change of ownership to Australite Pty Ltd, Penshurst, NSW.
09MAY88
Change of ownership to Thomas Cains, Heathcote, NSW.
06NOV98
Owner's change of address: Thomas Cains, Kariongi, NSW.
19OCT00
Change of ownership to Mark Clayton, Napier, New Zealand.
Owner's change of address: Mark Clayton, Falls Creek, NSW.
22JUN06
Queensland Air Museum agreed to purchase the aircraft from Mark Clayton. Registration current.
05MAR08
The fully restored aircraft was reassembled in Hangar 1. The restoration was performed by Stuart Spenceley and Brian Holm.
15JUL08
Cancelled from the Register at 15:42 AEST. (Source: CASA)

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

 



 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
4
29AUG08
Added date of cancellation from Register.
3
16MAR08
Restoration completed.
2
20SEP06
Added an account of the Cobar crash supplied by David Bourke.
1
25JUL06
Original Issue. Thanks to Tony Arbon, Nigel Daw, Paul Daw and Ed Coates.