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Article about: by KMMorris The CA-13 Boomerang was our first go building a fighter so some slack may be in order Very true Morris, It served a very important purpose re Aircraft construction and design in

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    Quote by KMMorris View Post
    The CA-13 Boomerang was our first go building a fighter so some slack may be in order
    Very true Morris,
    It served a very important purpose re Aircraft construction and design in this country. A stop gap measure that ulilised components that were available at the time in Australia most notably from the Wirraway trainer and the Pratt and Whitney R-1830-S3C4 Twin Wasp radial.
    The arrival of MkV Spits (the Churchill fighters) ended the Rangas days as a fighter.
    It served it's purpose in time of need.

    Cheers
    Dave

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    [QUOTE=big ned;1067425]The first powered flight under control in Australia was by the noted escapologist Harry Houdini in early 1910 flying a French Voisin aircraft.

    Not a lot of people know that.[/QUOTE

    To true Ned.
    Lawrence Hargrave took off in 1894 under 4 box kites of his design but not under power.
    Australia's aerospace industry began 10,000 years ago with the original Boomerang.

    Cheers
    Dave

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    Possibly the pinnicle of 40's era Australian fighter design.
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    Looks like a P-51 on steroids but was a completely new design.
    A 700+ KPH RR Griffon powered fighter it first flew in 1946.
    Only one was ever constructed as the jet was the future.

    Cheers
    Dave

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    Quote by Thanatos View Post
    But a good rugged ground attack and Arty spotter.
    Great photo's Kenworth, Nice mate.
    Cheers for posting them.
    No worries mate, The Quote about being one of the biggest pieces of shit , came direct from the mouth of the person I got the photos from , as he took them. The Pilots hated them , because they were all dreaming of Spitfires . And the Ground Crew hated them because they were always getting bent on landing. I think more got destroyed on landing than anything else .
    Personaly I like the stubby look , like a mini cross between a Curtiss Hawk and a early P-47.

    Anyway was a case on make do with the best you've got .

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    " The Pilots hated them , because they were all dreaming of Spitfires ."

    I can understand that mate,

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    Love the look of the Mk VIII especially the "Grey Nurse" 457 Squadron machines with the nose art. Best of the Merlin powered Spit's I feel.
    Top thread

    Cheers Kenworth

    Dave

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    Here is another nice painting of the "Shark Teeth" R.A.A.F Spitfire Mk.VIII. Painted by: Sigeo Koike. (Click for larger photo)

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    And the CA-13 Boomerang, of course. Also painted by: Sigeo Koike

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    Hope you guys like them.

    Cheers!
    Taka

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    Hi Kenworth,
    Mate if you like the Hawk 75 you may find this little known type interesting.
    Developed in 1939 from the North American BC-1A trainer. (which was the type the Wirraway was developed from.)

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    This airframe has no real connection to the Boomerang except it was developed from the same aircraft (BC-1A). The two designs are visually very similar but independent of each other.

    A little known bird.

    Cheers
    Dave

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    Quote by SHINDENKAI View Post
    Here is another nice painting of the "Shark Teeth" R.A.A.F Spitfire Mk.VIII. Painted by: Sigeo Koike. (Click for larger photo)

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    And the CA-13 Boomerang, of course. Also painted by: Sigeo Koike

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    Hope you guys like them.

    Cheers!
    Taka
    I like them heaps mate.
    A most spectacular pair of prints.

    Thanks for posting them Taka.

    All the best
    Dave

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    The fact that the Australians only took them 14 weeks to develop the Boomerang (from the drawings and engine materials from Wirraway) ! Pretty impressive for armatures at that period.

    The CA-13s played some good roles against the Imperial Japanese Forces that were remained in New Guinea around the end of 1943. The Boomerangs were able to constantly harassing the ground forces because there were no opposing enemy aircraft.

    Cheers!
    Taka

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    Quote by SHINDENKAI View Post
    The fact that the Australians only took them 14 weeks to develop the Boomerang (from the drawings and engine materials from Wirraway) ! Pretty impressive for armatures at that period.

    The CA-13s played some good roles against the Imperial Japanese Forces that were remained in New Guinea around the end of 1943. The Boomerangs were able to constantly harassing the ground forces because there were no opposing enemy aircraft.

    Cheers!
    Taka
    Agreed on both points Taka

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