The CA-25 Winjeel (an Aboriginal word meaning “Young Eagle”) was developed by Commonwealth Aircraft Corp in Melbourne to meet a 1948 RAAF specification for a new trainer.
The CT-4A Airtrainer was developed from the earlier Victa Airtourer as a side-by-side military trainer with full dual controls.
The CT-4A Airtrainer | First Produced in 1972
Ninety four examples were produced in the first production run by New Zealand Aerospace Industries (later Pacific Aerospace Corporation); entering service with Air Forces of Thailand, New Zealand and Australia.
Loved and Respected by Generations of RAAF Pilots
The CT-4A began to replace the CA-25 Winjeel as the RAAF’s training aircraft from 1975. It performed the same missions admirably, teaching future Air Force pilots the requisite skills they would need going forward. RAAF operated its examples through the end of 1992. Its excellent handling characteristics and robust design have endeared the CT-4 with all who flew it.
CT-4A Serial# A19-037
This example – Serial# A19-037 – was among the first batch of 51 CT-4As delivered to the RAAF in the mid-1970s. It spent its time in service at RAAF Base Pt. Cook, serving to train hundreds of pilots before finally being retired in 1992.
It was auctioned off in May 1993 and was initially based in Southeast Queensland. It was purchased by its current owner Phil Munro in 2004 and has been maintained in excellent and original condition ever since. It is flown frequently in air displays and commemorative fly-pasts and has provided thrilling flight experiences to hundreds of passengers.