Sword to Plough:
Wirraway to Ceres
Artwork by Juanita Franzi
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During WW2, the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) built the Wirraway, a derivative of the North American Harvard. The Wirraway served as a trainer and as an (emergency) fighter/bomber/reconnaissance aircraft.
Come peacetime, CAC looked to the civil market. Using the Wirraway as the starting point it set about designing a rugged, heavy-duty agricultural crop-duster; the Ceres. This wasn’t a simple ‘hacksaw job’ it was a significant redesign.
These artworks were among several I prepared for Derek Buckmaster’s recent book on the Ceres. Derek has been studying the topic for years. With 256 pages and 597 photographs this book is guaranteed to be a truly comprehensive.
This is a self-published book and you can find out more at https://dbdesignbureau.net/books/ceres/
In case you were wondering; the top drawing shows the Wirraway that CAC retained for pilot training and currency. The lower profile is the second-build Ceres in its early days with Airfarm & Associates livery. Airfarm was one of Australia’s largest ag-aircraft operators in the 1960s.
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16 October, 2017
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