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CAC CA-22 Winjeel A85-618

The first prototype of the Australian designed and built Winjeel basic trainer, A85-618 began its career in the hands of its manufacturer, CAC, for flight test and modification until the basic design had been proven. After extensive modifications to the rear fuselage of the aircraft, the Winjeel was selected by the RAAF. Received by the RAAF from CAC at East Sale in May 1951, A85-618 was allotted to the Air Trials Unit at Laverton in July 1952 for service life and performance trials. Ferried to CAC in October of that year for preparation for display, A85-618 was returned to East Sale for unit equipment for a period of two weeks before transfer to No 1 Basic Flying Training School in February 1953.


In December 1954 the aircraft was issued to the Aircraft Research and Development Unit's Trials Flight, and it then moved to the Air Trials Unit in July 1955. In May 1957, the aircraft was converted to a training aid, and served with the RAAF School of Technical Training at Wagga Wagga.

In 1975 the aircraft was recommended for preservation due to its historical significance, and was moved to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook in 1977, where it was stored awaiting restoration for eventual display.

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