Rego: VH-BFF Military S/N: A20-653
Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) manufactured the Wirraway at Fisherman’s Bend in Victoria. The aircraft was an Australian development of the North American Aviation NA-16-1A and NA-16-2K aircraft. It is powered by Australian manufactured versions of the Pratt & Whitney R1340 Wasp engine. CAC built a total of 755 Wirraways from 1939 to 1946.
VH-BFF was built in 1944 and its RAAF history, although brief, encompassed the drama of both flight training and active service. The aircraft’s military service details are:
- August 1944 – Received by the RAAF and allocated to 5 Service Flying Training School at Uranquinty, NSW.
- January 1945 – Allocated to 5 Squadron. The aircraft was not actually received by 5 Squadron on Bougainville until July 1945.
- January 1946 – Approval granted to dismantle the aircraft into components.
The aircraft on display is a composite of factory new and restored components. It was rebuilt in Victoria and was completed in 1975. Its assigned construction number is 1105.
David Lowy purchased VH-BFF from Malcolm Long in 1999 and donated it to the Temora Aviation Museum in during December 2000.
The Museum's Wirraway is painted in 5 Squadron RAAF colours, as it was when it was based in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.
EnginePratt & Whitney R-1340
600 horsepower (448 kW)
Nine cylinder, supercharged, air cooled, geared radial engine
PropellerHamilton Standard Constant Speed
All metal, three blade
|Aviation Gasoline 100 Octane|
|Wing Tank Capacity:||97 Imperial Gallons||441 Litres||166 U.S. Gallons|
|Reserve Tank Capacity (2):||9 Imperial Gallons||41 Litres||11 U.S. Gallons|
|Wingspan:||43' 0"||13.11 m|
|Length:||27' 10 "||8.48 m|
|Wing Area:||255.75 sq. ft||23.76 sq. m|
|Height:||8' 8 3/4"||2.66 m|
|Empty:||3,922 lb||1,811 kg|
|Maximum Takeoff weight:||6,595 lb||2,991 kg|
|Two forward facing, fuselage mounted .303 in. Vickers machine guns synchronized to fire through the propeller.|
|Provision for two 500 lb (227 kg) bombs plus two 250 lb (113 kg) bombs if no observer carried.|
|Maximum Speed:||191 knots||220 mph||354 km/h|
|Cruise Speed:||135 knots||155 mph||250 km/h|