VH-CEB CAC CA-28 Ceres B
The Ceres was
developed from the famous Wirraway trainer of WW II. The
prototype of this
purpose-built top dressing
aircraft was flown in February 1958. A total of 20 was built
21 c/ns were allotted). Six
were exported to New Zealand. Converted from Wirraway A20-697,
the second Ceres built, first flew on 6 June 1957 from the Commonwealth
Fisherman's Bend field in
Melbourne. The photo above was taken by Greg Banfield at
NSW in November 1965.
Airfarm Associates was its only operator. Geoff Goodall's B&W
immediately below was at a similar time and venue,
whilst the third photo by Richard Hourigan
factory in August 1958 just after being registered.
Originally DCA had
the block VH-WIA to -WIZ for Ceres production
"Wirraway") but this
was changed later to VH-CEA to
-CEZ. Peter Binskin advises that his father (Brian Binskin)
flying -CEB when it crashed in 1967. Apparently it was his first
time in the Ceres after flying Pawnees.
He said that the trim tab controls are reversed on the two planes so he
ended up not being able to
achieve lift and he collected the
fence at the end of the strip ripping the engine off. The
in the photo at the bottom of the page.