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RAAF A62 CAC CA-15 "Kangaroo"

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Aircraft Serial Const No Aircraft History
A62-1001 1074 The Prototype aircraft was completed 02/46 it was supposed to be an aircraft to replace the P-51.
Taxying trials began 12/02/46.
First flown 04/03/46, Pilot was Jim Schofields who took her up at 18.10hrs from Fisherman's Bend for the fifteen minute inaugural flight. A further 23 flights made mostly by Scholfields, but also a few flights made by some APU pilots: WgCmdr J.E.Harper, Sqd Ldrs D.R. Cuming and G.C. Brunner.
Total flight time when handed to RAAF 16 hrs and 35 mins.
Delivered to RAAF 02/07/46.
To 1 APU 02/07/46.
More pilots flew her from Point Cook: WgCmdr G.D. Marshall, Sdr Ldrs G.H. Shiells and C.W. Stark and finally Flt Lieut J.A.Lee Archer.
These flights came to an abrupt ending when Archer suffered a hydraulic failure (later found to be a leaking ground test gauge) on approach to Point Cook on 10/1246, which left him no choice but to orbit and burn off fuel. The main gear was only halfway down and unretractable and could not be lowered any further. The tail wheel was down and locked though. On landing this struck the strip first causing the aircraft to porpoise and finally the airscoop dug in. The aircraft settled back on the fuselage and skidded to a stop, heavily damaged.
Total flight time at this point 43 hrs and 25 mins.
To CAC Fishermans Bend 02/06/47 for repairs.
To ARDU 19/05/48 after repairs.
The aircraft acheived a speed of 502.2 mph after a 4000ft dive on 25/05/48 flown by Flt Lt Archer. The highest calibrated level flight was 448mph (721Km/h) at 26400ft.
The project was cancelled 01/05/50 and the aircraft was transfered to 1AD at Laverton and converted to componants.
The engines returned to Rolls Royce as they were 'leased'.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card


A62-1001 A62-1001 CA-15 A62-1001 
taken from Lincoln 
25th May 1948


CA-15 A62-1001
Crash Landing
Point Cook
10th December 1946


The Authors of this page are Darren Crick and Brendan Cowan

Source:, Australia's Military Aircraft, RAAF Museum Website, RAAF Status Cards.

Emails: Gordon Birkett.

Updated 28 June 2015


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