Item 2016-017-141 - Men standing in front of DeHavilland DH.60 Moth G-CAKA airplane, Francis Charles Aitkens at right

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Men standing in front of DeHavilland DH.60 Moth G-CAKA airplane, Francis Charles Aitkens at right


  • [ca. 1928] (Creation)

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Photograph, B and W Print, 11.5 x 6.5.

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Donated in 2016.

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Photographer: Undetermined.
Location: [Lansdowne field].

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The Victoria Aero Club was at Lansdowne field. The DH 60 Moth G-CAKA arrived at the beginning of July 1928 and was tested by Nick Carter and Sydney Pickles. These plans were British-made and were distributed to Flying Clubs across the country by the Department of National Defence. After only 8 months service, on 10 March 1929, the G-CAKA crashed with Nick Carter at the controls, who was seriously injured, and student pilot F.C. Aitkens (age 25) suffered shock and bruises. The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing when the engine cut out as they approached landing; he chose what appeared to be an open field, but couldn't see that it was recently ploughed. The Moth was wrecked. The crash took place on the side of Cedar Hill, just below the church.

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