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Aeroplane wreck at Daly Waters servo

Posted: June 4th, 2018, 4:18 pm
by V Williamson
Hi All,

On the Stuart Highway at Daly Waters Highway Inn is the wreck of a twin engine high wing aeroplane. Inside the roadhouse is a brass plaque discussing a history of an aircraft at Daly Waters claiming it was one of Australia's most famous including a trip to Hiroshima to witness the atomic bombing.

So I took some photos and sent them to a mate who has been involved with aviation all his life (with tonnes of stories to tell as well !) and he couldn't connect the aircraft with 1939 as stated on the plaque, believing it was too modern looking.

Can anyone here comment on the wreck out the front as pictured? Is there another plane at the roadhouse? Any other information as dr google was rather lean on possibilities.
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Re: Aeroplane wreck at Daly Waters servo

Posted: June 8th, 2018, 4:45 pm
by V Williamson
Regarding the aircraft, I showed the same pictures to some aviation expert folk, and the wreck was identified as an AeroCommander (or (TwinCommander) - and it looks like a type that was produced from the 1970's. For those interested, have a look at twincommander.com/about-us/ and http://twincommander.com/models/ac690a/ and see the distinct similarities in window spacing and position.

So the mystery is why is there a "cock'n'bull" story inside the roadhouse? And how did the aircraft get there?