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History of VH-KKD
The aircraft was was built in 1964 (MSN 286) as a G-164A Ag-Cat crop sprayer, and registered in the USA as N724Y.
It was registered in Australia as VH-KKD on 8 June 1989, and modified for sightseeing flights. The chemical hopper in front of the pilot was removed and replaced with two passenger seats. VH-KKD is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-985 radial engine.
In 1992, the aircraft was converted to a Sea-Cat, with the tailwheel landing gear replaced by floats.
VH-KKD was used in the 1996 movie ‘The Phantom’, together with another Sea-Cat, VH-CCK, which has a Jacobs R-755 engine. (This was confirmed with the pilot who performed the movie flying).
In early March 2016, VH-KKD was dismantled, placed on a trailer and transported by road to Perth, where it was reassembled.
On 21 and 25 March 2016, the aircraft conducted trial flights from the Swan River, in front of the Barrack Street Jetty, landing and taking off, flying southwest down the Swan River, over Fremantle and back to Perth.
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