CAC CA-15 Instrument Panel
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From the panel's owner:
"This is a reproduction panel made because there is virtually no possibility of finding the original, and also with correct instrumentation (except perhaps the fuel gauges). The CA-15 was another innovative design by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation but it did not go beyond a single prototype, partly because of the super-abundance of good fighter types for all foreseeable RAAF requirements and partly because of the promise of jet power. Designed as a long-range bomber escort and high performance air superiority fighter, its sporadic flight-testing program from 1946 to 1950 was eventually terminated after it sustained major damage resulting from a partial landing gear extension followed by gear collapse on landing due to loss of hydraulic fluid.
The CA-15 was NEVER officially named Kangaroo and, as the type consisted of only the single test aircraft, it was never known or tested widely enough even in the RAAF to garner a nickname that stuck. The Kookaburra name seems to have been tagged onto the CA-15, decades after the actual aircraft was broken up, by the sort of authors who feel a need to give every type a popular name even if if it did not have one in its own time."