VH-BFF was the first ex-military aircraft permitted to fly on the Civil Aircraft Register.
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: