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  CA-3 Wirraway Serial Number A20-81  
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5 SFTS

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Aircraft History
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) completed during 1940. Constructor Number 79.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as CA-3 Wirraway serial number A20-81. Assigned to 5 SFTS. On the May 25, 1943 took off piloted by LAC R. E. J. Rhoeder on a night cross country training flight. Low on fuel, this Wirraway force landed with the landing gear down at Woodonga, Victoria. Afterwards, repaired.

Postwar
During May 1957, retired from service and offered for sale.

Restoration
In 1975, purchased by Pearce Dunn of Warbirds Aviation Museum who dismantled the aircraft for restoration and was the owner until 1980. In 1985 sold to Michael Muelders of Adelaide,. Later that same year, sold to Peter Sledge of Sydney, NSW, who restored it to flying condition in 1989.

During 1991 sold to Ed Field of Melbourne, Victoria then during May 1992, jointly owned by Ed Field and Darryl K. Hill of Wirraway 81 Pty Ltd, Hong Kong.

On March 1, 1955 purchased by Caboolture Warplane Museum and that same day registered in Australia as VH-WWY. This Wirraway is painted in the markings of Wirraway A20-176.

On May 18, 1997 damaged while landing at Kingaroy, Queensland. Afterwards, repaired and returned to flying.

Today, this Wirraway is displayed at Caboolture Warplane Museum and operates from Caboolture Airport. The registered operator is Bennet Aviation Pty Ltd. / Paul Bennet Airshows, 18 Torrens Avenue, Cardiff, NSW 2285 in Australia.

References
ADF Serials - Wirraway A20-81
Australian Government - Civil Aircraft Registry - Aircraft register search VH-WWY

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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