Summary

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 to the RAAF in June 1944 with an all-over yellow paint finish. It served with Nos 2 and 8 Operational Training Units at Mildura and Parkes respectively. Both these units were fighter conversion OTUs for pilots transitioning from Wirraways to Spitfires, Kittyhawks and (from 1945) Mustangs. It later served with 87 Squadron as a communications/training aircraft and was repainted in a post-war silver paint finish. This unit was equipped with Mosquito aircraft in the photographic survey role. After a period of storage at Tocumwal, NSW, was purchased back by CAC for use in the Ceres crop-duster program but was not converted and was donated to the Museum in 1966. Last recorded total flying hours for this machine are 363.15 in March 1954.

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