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Lance McKean. aka Cobba

Old 29th Jun 2015, 10:02
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Lance McKean. aka Cobba

It is with a degree of sadness that another of aviation
characters has passed

Lance McKean, owner of Emu Airways, general rat bag, and the scourge of CASA, traded his wings this morning for more angelic ones.
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Old 29th Jun 2015, 13:58
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Lol, are you sure they were wings - or horns! Yes definitely one of the characters of aviation & I knew him well. RIP Lance, I will miss you.

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Old 30th Jun 2015, 23:48
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Sad to hear of the demise of Cobber. The boy from Broken Hill. A colourful character with a colourful career in aviation. I first met him when Emu operated DH Drovers in the 70's. Many a cold lager was downed at the old airport upstairs bar and also the 'stute. Condolences to family and friends. .
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Old 1st Jul 2015, 14:29
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RIP Cob

My thoughts are with Lance and his extended family. For a number of years I flew both with and alongside Lance during my time with both Whyalla and Emu. He gave so many young guys a quick start to aviation. I found him always quick with a smile or wink, just after another wry comment! I have many stories both seen and told but for another time over a beer.
See you soon old Mate, Beany.
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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 10:27
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Cob

Bugger! A good bloke, they don't breed em like that anymore. No doubt at the other-world Institute bar, fighting with old Pat about who's shout it is next. RIP.

Don't reckon Emu flew Drovers. That was Islandair, and Coveair.
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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 10:46
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You are probably right now I reflect a little more carefully, ozaggie. Your reference to Pat made me think. They were the good old days and those guys flew those machines VFR in all kinds of weather. It was the era, I think. I do remember Lance's love for the Twin Bonanza but that was a few years later too. Some of the antics prompted a wise crack from a tower controller " In weather like this I'd rather be up here than up there!"
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Old 3rd Jul 2015, 12:28
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Don't reckon Emu flew Drovers. That was Islandair, and Coveair.
Lance must have flown Drovers at some stage, because according to what I was told today he was always running out of fuel in them!
His funeral will be held on Monday July 6 at 3011 Murbko Road Morgan, followed by a private cremation.

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Old 4th Jul 2015, 01:10
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The most famous fuel shortage was when a Drover, piloted by Big John ran short of fuel on the return leg from Parndana to Adelaide. The aircraft landed at Port Stanvac refinery where there was a short strip prepared to allow Ag Planes to operate in case of an oil spillage. The lone male passenger hailed a cab and continued on to Adelaide. Big John rounded up a drum of fuel, topped up the Drover and flew the plane out!

I think that Big John and Lance were in partnership. Many stories will come out of the woodwork next week, I'm sure.
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Old 19th Apr 2018, 10:31
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hi
I googled Lance mckean and this thread popped up (sorry to hear the news)
I was trying to track down the gemini thruster he owned
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