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Former RAAF aerodrome Uranquinty NSW

Old 6th Sep 2019, 07:07
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Former RAAF aerodrome Uranquinty NSW

I am researching the loss of an RAAF Winjeel near Canberra in 1956. An instructor and another RAAF pilot were killed when recovery from a spin was left to late. At the time there was speculation that the instructor may have forgotten Canberra was 1800 ft amsl with higher terrain nearby, compared to his home base of RAAF Uranquinty, NSW where the aerodrome altitude was much lower and that the practice spin near Canberra may have been started at a lower altitude. That was only one theory. Another possible cause was a "rogue" Winjeel that had different spinning characteristics to other Winjeels.

As part of the accident investigation, an RAF qualified test pilot from ARDU at Laverton travelled to Uranquinty and conducted spinning trials on all Winjeels to see if there were any unusual differences in spin recovery between individual aircraft. Each aircraft was climbed to 8000 ft amsl then spun eight turns in either direction before recovery was initiated. This writer was involved in two of the trials which produced nothing unusual.

Question: Due to lack of documentation I have been unable to find the height above sea level of RAAF Uranquinty aerodrome which was about 14 miles from Wagga. Anyone able to help on this one?.
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Old 6th Sep 2019, 07:49
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At a quick look, the railway station shows in Wiki as 661 ft - 201 m at position 35 deg 11 min 33 sec South and 147 deg 14 min 44 sec East.
I guess you want the official aerodrome elev so it would depend on the terrain. Couldn't find any aeronautical info.

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Old 6th Sep 2019, 08:08
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Not sure if it's of any use, but Google Earth shows the elevation amongst the remaining buildings as 218m.
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Old 6th Sep 2019, 11:37
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And there is a slight difference between the old 'sea level' datum and modern GPS stuff, but it's apparently not much, varies +/- 0.5 metre across Australia.

Bonzle says that the town is 199 metres. Frequently asked questions about Uranquinty in New South Wales - Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia
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Old 7th Sep 2019, 00:19
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There is an airfield adjacent to old site, operator should have an elevation. Lived in area, but can't help with operator.
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Old 7th Sep 2019, 00:53
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I hear Uranquinty about 600ft. Trainee pilot Best and the instructor Jack Mcarthy from Melbourne. He also flew the Beaufighter target towing. Apparently the Winjeel had either a stable or unstable spinning characteristic, depending on how you entered the spin?.?.?
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Thank you everyone for your replies.
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