The Ceres agricultural aircraft was produced by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) in Australia from 1959 to 1963. A total of only 20 airframes were produced, but the Ceres was the first civil aircraft produced by CAC – which had previously produced hundreds of military aircraft including fighters such as the Boomerang, Mustang and Sabre, and trainers such as the Wirraway and Winjeel.
The result of more than 15 years of research by the author, this book covers the fascinating history of the design, development, flight testing, production and operation of the Ceres aircraft. To provide context for the design of the Ceres, the book covers the development of agricultural aviation in Australia and New Zealand, with a brief summary of the aircraft which were in use prior to the introduction of the Ceres. The individual history of each Ceres aircraft produced is covered, along with impressions of the aircraft from the perspective of numerous pilots and operators.
A full technical description of the aircraft is included, along with excerpts from the Operating Instructions and the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Manual. Many unpublished photographs, diagrams and drawings are included. The three major versions of the aircraft are described in detail.
256 pages, with 597 photographs, printed in high quality colour on matt paper.
|Edition description:||Soft Cover ed.|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.66(d)|
Table of Contents
Chapter One Background: Agricultural Aircraft in Australia and New Zealand 1
Chapter Two Design, Testing and Development of the Ceres 23
Chapter Three Production and Sales 71
Chapter Four Operators: The Companies Who Flew the Ceres 87
Chapter Five The Ceres Described 97
Chapter Six Flying the Ceres 121
Chapter Seven Individual Aircraft Histories 129
Appendix 1 Lineage: Ancestors of the Ceres 220
Appendix 2 Service Life and Operators 223
Appendix 3 Surplus Wirraways Purchased by CAC 225
Appendix 4 The Company Wirraway: CA9-763 227
Appendix 5 Ceres Service Bulletins and Modifications 229