DescriptionThe CAC CA-25 Winjeel is an Australian-designed and manufactured three-seat training aircraft.
Entering service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1955 as a basic to advanced trainer, it served in this role until 1975. Later, it was used in the Forward Air Control (FAC) role for target marking until 1994, after which it was retired from RAAF service.
The Winjeel (from a Victorian indigenous word for "young eagle", an alternate spelling of Bunjil) was developed by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation at Fishermans Bend in Victoria to satisfy RAAF technical requirement No.AC.77 issued in 1948. Designed to replace both the Tiger Moth and the CAC Wirraway, the first two prototype CA-22 aircraft were flown in February 1951. However, it proved a very stable aircraft making it almost impossible to spin, and with this being a required part of pilot training the tail had to be redesigned as a result. Sixty two production CA-25 aircraft were subsequently built and given the fleet serials A85-401 to A85-462.
For service history of the Winjeel, click here.
- Crew 2 with provision for third seat
- 28 ft 0 1⁄2 in (8.547 m)
- 38 ft 7 1⁄2 in (11.773 m)
- 9 ft 1 in (2.77 m)
- Wing Area:
- 249 sq ft (23.1 m2)
- Empty Weight:
- 3,289 lb (1,492 kg)
- Gross weight: 4,265 lb (1,935 kg)
- Fuel Capacity:
- 69 imp gal (83 US gal; 310 L) normal
- 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-2 Wasp Junior nine-cylinder radial engine, 445 hp (332 kW)
- Maximum speed: 186 mph (299 km/h; 162 kn)
- Cruise Speed:
- 165 mph (266 km/h; 143 kn) at 8,500 ft (2,600 m)
- Endurance: 3.5 hr at 158 mph (254 km/h; 137 kn) and 5,000 ft (1,500 m)
- Takeoff Dist.:
- to 50 ft (15 m): 1,110 ft (340 m) (standard temperature)
- Landing Dist.:
- from 50 ft (15 m): 1,000 ft (305 m)
- Rate of Climb:
- 1,500 ft/min (7.6 m/s)