PETER RYE COLLECTION
No. 8694. Commonwealth CA-6 Wackett (VH-AIY c/n 256)
Photographed at Air Force Association Museum, Bull Creek, near Perth, Western Australia, December 16, 2008, by Peter Rye

Commonwealth CA-6 Wackett

The display sign states:

Horrie Miller's Wackett

This aircraft was the personal aircraft of Horrie Miller, one of Australia's pioneer airmen, and founder of MacRobertson Miller Airlines (MMA) which served Western Australia for 30 years before it was taken over by Ansett Airlines in the mid 1960's. Horrie loved to have an aircraft to fly whenever he felt the need, he had two previous aircraft for this purpose, and his children developed their interest in aviation during flights with Dad. His daughter Robin became known as Sugar Bird Lady* for her work delivering polio vaccine around the North West.

The Wackett was originally registered to the airline in June 1946 and transferred to Horrie a short time later. It was based in Broome where it remained until it's transfer here in August 2002.

The Museum would like to thank:
The Shire of Broome for their generous assistance with the Museum's acquisition of the aircraft.
QANTAS Airways for their assistance with travel to Broome and back.
Paspaley Pearling who have been storing the aircraft.
Kimberley Freight Lines for transporting the aircraft from Broome.

* The Sabin polio vaccine was provided in sugar cubes, taken orally.

Created February 28, 2009