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Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) Winjeel
Image: CAC Winjeel Model
Source: Museum Victoria
In March 1949, the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) received a contract to build two primary trainer prototypes to replace the Tiger Moth and Wirraway in RAAF service. Designed by J.C. Humphries and Ian Ring at CAC, the first machine designated the CA-22 flew in February 1951. The aircraft was intended to be powered by a CAC Cicada engine but production aircraft were fitted with a Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior engine. The design of the tail was altered to allow the aircraft to spin as the first design was too stable to allow spinning which was not desirable in a training machine.
The revised aircraft was put into production as the CA-25 Winjeel (an aboriginal word meaning 'young eagle') and deliveries began in 1955. A total of 62 Winjeels were built by CAC and they served mostly with No. 1 Basic Flying Training School (later No. 1 Flying Training School) at Uranquinty, NSW and then later at Point Cook, Victoria after the School moved location in 1958. The Winjeel was replaced as the RAAF's basic trainer by the CT4A Airtrainer in 1975 but some aircraft were used in the Forward Air Control role at RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW until 1994. A number remain airworthy with private owners.
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The Museum's engine is a geared R-1340-S1H1-G buily by CAC with the manufacturer's serial number 8003, sectioned for display. It was donated to the Museum in 1947 by the Royal Australia ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
This prototype for a small delivery vehicle was constructed in 1947 at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) factory at Fishermans Bend, Victoria. It was powered by a modified 597 ...Images: 2
One of 11 negatives of the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) 1948 'Deliverette' Van, which is also held in the Museum's collection.Images: 1
The Museum's CAC Wirraway is a late-production CA-16 version with the CAC construction no. 1103 and the RAAF serial no. A20-651. This aircraft was built at Fishermans Bend and delivered ...Images: 6