CAC Wirraway Instrument Panel, WWII and Post WWII era
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Here are two panels of the CAC Wirraway training and general purpose aircraft, in the collection of our good friend Charles Darby of New Zealand. The more-complete panel is the WWII-era panel, and the other is post WWII.
According to Charles, and updated with input from another Wirraway-savvy visitor:
"This wartime version of the Wirraway front instrument panel was found in the early 1960s in a small pile of scrap metal at RAAF Base Tocumwal in southern New South Wales.
The panel has no markings to identify the aircraft it came from, so there is no way of knowing whether it was one of the liaison Wirraways assigned to the B-24 operational training unit 7 OTU, or simply one that went to 7 Central Recovery Depot or 7 Care & Maintenance Unit for disposal at the end of the war."
The triangular panel is an incomplete post war Aft panel. Aft panels were rectangular during the war as large radios were mounted underneath them, later becoming triangular to add instruments for training roles.