Delivery of Aero Commander 560Es VH-CAW & VH-CAU

The following press release concerning the delivery of Aero Commanders VH-CAW & VH-CAU was written in May 1959:


The two aircraft - Aero Commander 560E’s - have completed the longest light aircraft delivery flight ever made to Australia. The route flown by the aircraft from the United States took them across the North Atlantic, through Europe and the Middle East, and over a total distance of about 20,500 miles.

The aircraft will be used by the Department of Civil Aviation for examination and survey work, testing flying aids, in land search and rescue operations and for quick emergency transport.

The Department at present uses 18 year old Avro Anson aircraft for this work, and they are inadequate and obsolete.

The new aircraft are twin engine high wing monoplanes which cruise at 210 miles and hour. They have a range of about 1400 miles and are powered by two 295 horsepower Lycoming engines. The two aircraft, with radio equipment, cost about £100,000.

They are made in Oklahoma, U.S.A., by the Aero Design and Engineering Company. Australian agents are E. L. Heymanson and Company, Pty. Ltd, Melbourne.

Department of Civil Aviation crews went to the United States to take delivery of the aircraft. They are:

Mr Alex Spooner, an Airways Surveyor who is in charge of the flight;

Mr Lauire Bond, Senior Examiner of Airmen;

Mr Eric Sims, and Airways Surveyor; and

My Ian Perry, Senior Examiner of Airmen (Navigators).

All live in Melbourne.

The 20,500 [later amended to 18,500] mile flight was covered in 21 stages. The route was chosen because the aircraft would have required special long range tanks for the Pacific flight, and this long range equipment would not have been required for their operation in Australia.

The route flown was Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Montreal, Goose Bay, Narsarssuak, Keflavik, Prestwick, London, Marseilles, Rome, Athens, Cairo, Kuwait, Bahrein, Karachi, New Delhi, Calcutta, Rangoon, Bangkok, Singapore, Djakarta, Soura Baya, Darwin, Alice Springs, Broken Hill, Melbourne.


Click here to see a photo of the delivery pilots.


click here to download the Trip Logbook
< Download the Trip Logbook for Aero Commander VH-CAU's delivery flight (1.71 MB .pdf file)

Click here to read a flight test report on the DCA's Aero Commander 560E.

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