CAC CA-25 Winjeel A85-418
This Winjeel A85-418 walkaround was taken at Moorabbin Air Museum in late 2008. They had just pulled their Winjeel out of storage for a freshen up. Hopefully the wings, engine and tailplane will be re-attached also. I'll keep an eye on this and post some pics if it is re-assembled. In the mean time, these pics give an unusual insight into the structure of the Winjeel.
Of particular interest to modellers will be the intact stencilling, and a hint of an earlier colour on the fin. She appears to be in the original service paint and hasn't been re-done.
The Winjeel, an Australian designed and built aircraft, served the RAAF as a trainer between 1955 and 1975. It replaced both the Tiger Moth ab-initio trainer and the CAC Wacket advanced trainer. Winjeels served further as FAC (Forward Air Control) trainers until 1990! Quite a few Winjeels served in this way. Only four were used at any one time, but the retired trainer airframes were rotated out of storage for the purpose.
|Port side nose showing relative position of fuel filler. The badge is No 1 Flying Training School.||Port side front general view.||The Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Junior as used on all prototype and production Winjeels. It was to have the locally designed Cicada 7-cylinder radial, but development was dropped early in the program.|
|Detail of the gearbox at the front of the engine.||Hamilton Standard two blade variable pitch propeller.||Hamilton Standard two blade variable pitch propeller.|
|View of the front of the Pratt & Whitney engine.||View of the port side of the engine. Note the slight cant of the engine to the left. This gave a thrust line on a slight decline from the fuselage centreline. ||Fuel filler and earthing point detail at the port wing root.|
|Port side of the canopy showing sliding window.||Port rear of the canopy frame showing sealing strip.||Port side of front windscreen. Missing hatch is for rudder tube access.|
|Travel rail for sliding canopy.||Aerial on rear deck of fuselage. It is offset slightly to port.||Static vent on rear port fuselage. The leading edge of the tailplane would be almost directly above this.|
|Under-tailplane access panels.||Lockable, castoring tailwheel.||Starboard under tailplane.|
|Starboard tail.||Rear fuselage deck showing offset of aerial and centred canopy rail.||Starboard rear fuselage showing large wing fillet.|
|Fire-axe hatch under rear of canopy on starboard side.||Fire-axe hatch detail.||Starboard wing root showing walkway pattern.|
|Stencilling behind canopy on starboard side.||Starboard side of winscreen.||Starboard wing root.|
|Firewall.||Windscreen.||Underside of wing centre section from the front.|
|Inside of port landing gear. Note depressurised oleo strut.||Top inside of port undercarriage strut.||Outboard side of starboard main wheel. Note creep marks on rim.|
|Starboard main strut showing brake hydraulic tube and pipe.||Formation light set slightly to starboard under wing trailing edge fairings||Port side of tail.|
|The single exhaust outlet. This emerged on the lower starboard side of the engine cowlings.||Looking forward under the tail showing the two wing root fairings. Note that their trailing edges drop below the level of the fuselage underside.||Emergency canopy release behind the canopy on the port side.|
|Instrument panel from the port side.||Centre console with engine controls. The specification called for engine controls on the left of both pilots. Consequently, a similar binacle appears on the port wall of the cockpit. You can just see the edge of the main throttle handle on the left of the pic.||The Winjeel had a third seat directly behind the starboard pilot. The concept was that you could teach two people at once this way. Apparently it didn't work.|
|Port side of the cockpit. Note that the starboard pilot's seat is not installed.||Windscreen wiper arrangement.||Centre binacle from the starboard side.|
|Instrument panel.||Looking toward the rear from the starboard side. Note the difference between the interior green colour used in the cockpit area and the yellow/green anti-corrosion coating inside the tail area.|
- Tiger Moth, CT-4, Wackett & Winjeel in Australian Service, Stewart Wilson, ISBN 1 875671 16 1
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