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Boomerang, Australian Fighter


Photograph of Boomerang in flight

Australian War Memorial #NEA0408


CA-12 Boomerang


Specifications:


Crew 1
Dimensions 36'0" x 25'6" x 10'6"
10.97m by 7.77m by 3.20m
Wing Area 225 square feet
20.9 square meters
Weights 5373-8249 lbs
2437-3492 kg
Maximum speed       305 mph at 15,500 feet
491 km/h at 4725 m
Cruise speed 190 mph
305 km/h
Rate of climb 49 feet per second
14.9 m/s
Ceiling 34,000 feet
10,000 m
Powerplant One 1200 hp (895 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S3C4G Twin Wasp 14-cylinder two-row radial engine driving a three-bladed propeller.
Armament 2 20mm Hispano Mk.II cannon and 4 0.303 machine guns in the wings
External stores       4 20lb (9 kg) smoke bombs
Drop tank
Fuel 192 gallons
727 liters
Range 930 miles
1500 km
Production 249 of all models from August 1942 to late 1944 at Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Fishermen's Bend, Melbourne.

During the dark days of early 1942, Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation decided to begin producing desperately needed fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force. To speed design, the basic airframe was based on the North American T-6 Texan trainer adapted to take the only engine available, the Twin Wasp, which was produced locally under license. Surprisingly, the resulting aircraft, though underpowered, was rugged and maneuverable. However, by the time it went into service, P-40s and Spitfires were arriving in quantity and the need for the Boomerang had passed. it was much more successful in the target spotting and close support roles than as a fighter.

References

Gunston (1986)

Williams and Gustin (2003)

Wilson (1998)



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