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75th Anniversary


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Type Serial Range
North American NA-16 & CAC Wirraway CA-1 & CA-3  A20-1 to A20-100.
CAC Wirraway CA-3, CA-5 & CA-7 A20-101 to A20-200
CAC Wirraway CA-7 & CA-8 A20-201 to A20-300
CAC Wirraway CA-8 A20-301 to A20-400
CAC Wirraway CA-8 & CA-9 A20-401 to A20-500
CAC Wirraway CA-9 A20-501 to A20-600
CAC Wirraway CA-9 & CA-16 A20-601 to A20-700
CAC Wirraway CA-16 A20-701 to A20-772

Notes on North American NA-16 and CAC Wirraways

Type Notes Construction
RAAF Serial Range
NA-32 NA-16-1A 1 Pattern aircraft supplied by North American Aviation
Fixed landing gear, similar to the North American Y1BT-10.
32-387 A20-1
NA-33 NA-16-2K 1 Pattern aircraft supplied by North American Aviation 33-388 A20-2
CA-1 Mk.I 1st Wirraway production contract for 40 airframes. 1 to 40 A20-3 to A20-42
CA-3 Mk.II 2nd Wirraway production contract for 60 airframes. 41 to 100 A20-43 to A20-102
CA-5 Mk.II 3rd Wirraway production contract for 32 airframes. 103 to 134 A20-103 to A20-134
CA-7 Mk.II 4th Wirraway production contract for 100 airframes. 135 to 234 A20-135 to A20-234
CA-8 Mk.II 5th Wirraway production contract for 200 airframes. 436 to 635 A20-235 to A20-434
CA-9 Mk.II 6th Wirraway production contract for 188 airframes. 636 to 823 A20-435 to A20-622
CA-10 N/A Proposed Wirraway dive-bomber variant (not built). N/A N/A
CA-10A N/A Contract for construction of outer wing sets with upper-wing split flaps/dive brakes for retro-fitting to 113 existing CA-3, CA-5, CA-7 & CA-9 aircraft. N/A N/A
CA-16 Mk.III 7th and final Wirraway production contract for 135 airframes. 1075 to 1209 A20-623 to A20-755
CA-20 N/A Contract to modify 17 Wirraway airframes for use by the RAN.

Note: Other Wirraway airframes were issued to the RAN ex 2 AD Richmond for spares use and subsequently deemed unsuitable. They were held 2 AD and the RAN Depot Randwick before disposal. These include A20-18, 73, 190,  412, 567 & 579 which were sold to Wilmore Aviation on 15 July 1954. There may have been others.
original C/N's
A20-18, 28, 133, 139, 141, 145, 168, 176, 209, 211, 214, 225, 238, 250, 469, 490 & 752



75th Anniversary


The Author of this page is Gordon Birkett.

Source: Australia/Townsville at War Website, Australian Aviation Magazine, Australian Aviation Annual 2001/2002, National Archives, Flightpath Magazine, Glory in Chaos, RAAF Wirraway Accident Data Cards, Darwins Air War, CASA Aircraft Records, Australian War Memorial Website and Photographs, Tom Trimble, Logbook of Roy F Goon, DB Design Bureau ,

Emails: Darryl Gibbs, Mark Pilkington, Alastair Hall, Daniel Leahy, Dean Norman, Chris Jamesson, Tony Broadhurst, Gordon Clarke, Gordon Birkett, Robert Brosing, Graham Smith, John Andrade, Bruce Hoy, Justin Taylan, Bill White, Leo Powning, Caroline Rode, Peter Smyth, Chris Goon, Jason Stagg, Bob Livingstone, Jan Forgsgren, Derek Buckmaster, Martin Edwards, Brendan Cowan.

Updated 07 October July 2013


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