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Wirraway, Australian Fighter


Photograph of Wirraway

Australian War Memorial. Via Wikipedia Commons

CAC Wirraway

 

Specifications:

Crew 2 as trainer
1 when pressed into the fighter role
Dimensions 42' by 29'6" by 11'9"
12.80m by 8.99m by 3.58m
Wing area 254 square feet
23.6 square meters
Weight 4271-5617 lbs
1937-2548 kg
Maximum speed       212 mph
341 km/h
Climb rate 27 feet per minute
8.2 meters per second
Service ceiling       24,750 feet
7540 meters
Powerplant 1 550 hp (410 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN1 9-cylinder radial engine
Armament Two 0.303 Vickers Mk.5 machine guns in the nose
One rear-firing flexible 0.303 Vickers GO machine gun (trainer version)
Bomb load Up to 500 lbs (227 kg)
Range 870 miles
1410 km
Production 755 in Australia to 1945.


The Wirraway was an Australian-built version of the North American T-6 Texan that was used in a number of roles for which it was never really intended, simply because it was available.  One variant even had dive brakes, which were almost never used. An excellent trainer and general-purpose light aircraft, it was not a real fighting aircraft.

References

Gunston (1988)

Wilson (1998)


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