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WX
08-20-2016, 11:20 PM
Built very fast at a time when Australia didn't have a single front line fighter. Sadly it didn't quite measure up but it proved ideal in the ground support role.
http://www.warbirdsonline.com.au/2016/08/12/cac-boomerang-restorations-update-aug-2016/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80sAPEF0awM

PeterSibley
08-20-2016, 11:49 PM
and then there's the Kangaroo. https://oldmachinepress.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/cac-ca-15.jpg?w=625&h=417

https://oldmachinepress.com/2015/06/16/commonwealth-aircraft-corporation-ca-15-kangaroo/

PeterSibley
08-20-2016, 11:51 PM
The Boomerang entry https://oldmachinepress.com/2016/04/24/commonwealth-aircraft-corporation-ca-14a-fighter/

WX
08-20-2016, 11:52 PM
and then there's the Kangaroo. https://oldmachinepress.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/cac-ca-15.jpg?w=625&h=417

https://oldmachinepress.com/2015/06/16/commonwealth-aircraft-corporation-ca-15-kangaroo/


Isn't it sad that none survive, though I did meet someone who claimed there was an existing airframe somewhere.

PeterSibley
08-20-2016, 11:58 PM
It was good too!

Gerarddm
08-21-2016, 09:58 AM
Incredible smoke trail from that Boomerang. They didn't do that normally, did they?

Paul Pless
08-21-2016, 10:02 AM
Pity about those spitfires though. . .

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
08-21-2016, 10:05 AM
don't be spiteful

http://en.valka.cz/attachments/3588/Spiteful_XVI.jpg

johnw
08-21-2016, 03:15 PM
Incredible smoke trail from that Boomerang. They didn't do that normally, did they?

Looked like airshow smoke to me.

The Bigfella
08-21-2016, 04:08 PM
I gather that's an old video, as that aircraft has since been donated to a museum... and there are others also flying these days. From wiki

Three Boomerangs remain airworthy today, all in Australia:


A46-122 CA-13 "Suzy Q" (VH-MHR) with the Temora Aviation Museum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temora_Aviation_Museum)
A46-206 CA-19 "Milingimbi Ghost" which was formerly with Lynette Zuccoli at Toowoomba (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toowoomba) until donated to the Museum of Australian Army Flying at the Army Aviation base (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakey_Army_Aviation_Centre) located at the nearby town of Oakey (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakey,_Queensland) is now on static display.
A46-63 a CA-12 from 1943 first flew again on 26 June 2009 as VH-XBL. The restoration includes the provision of a passenger seat.

Several others are under restoration to fly in both Australia and the USA, which includes A46-90 currently being restored to airworthy status.[8] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAC_Boomerang#cite_note-8)[9] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAC_Boomerang#cite_note-9)
A46-30, which has been restored but is not airworthy, is part of an exhibition at the Australian War Memorial (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_War_Memorial).[10] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAC_Boomerang#cite_note-10)
A full-scale airworthy replica with many original parts, painted as A46-139, was based in the United States (N32CS) for some years but was recently sold to theNetherlands (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands). It is now in flying condition and based at Antwerp International Airport (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antwerp_International_Airport).

Ian McColgin
08-21-2016, 04:17 PM
For a more blistering view of the Boomerang and other matters: http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=139009

“We are told the Boomerang was a good fighter. Despite never shooting down an enemy aircraft and relegated to ground attack, it was good at low lefvel, the excuse given to all failed fighters. Clive Caldwell, Australia's top ace said of it, calling it a Boomerang is a misnoymer, any pilot going into combat with it, won't be coming back. He was chastised from RAAF High Command for his attitude.”

The Bigfella
08-21-2016, 04:26 PM
Yeah, the Aussies had to be a bit careful when the Americans were around... they even shot down their mates

http://i712.photobucket.com/albums/ww127/baz1962/FacebookP38_zpsfa77dec5.jpg

johnw
08-21-2016, 04:48 PM
Yeah, the Aussies had to be a bit careful when the Americans were around... they even shot down their mates

http://i712.photobucket.com/albums/ww127/baz1962/FacebookP38_zpsfa77dec5.jpg

I think they put the friendly fire kills on there as a reminder. One pilot had an American flag there, for shooting down a DC-3 he'd mistaken for a Japanese transport. Worse, a nurse he was dating was onboard the DC-3 (she and all others aboard survived the crash landing, but the aircraft was a writeoff, so they marked the kill on his fighter to remind him of the mistake.) Try to live that down when every time you look at your aircraft, the ground crew has added a reminder to the kills painted on the side.

The Boomerang was much maligned, but the only fighter with the same engine that was at all successful was the F4F, and late models had a lighter, more powerful engine. Had Australia really needed the Boomerang for defense, no doubt they would have scored some kills, but with P-40s and Spitfires arriving, the RAAF were able to use them for a role they were better suited to.

Dannybb55
08-21-2016, 05:36 PM
The RAF had an emergency fighter with fixed gear, a Merlin power egg and eight 303 Brownings. Who built that? The VVS had a yak trainer that out performed the service fighter.

johnw
08-21-2016, 05:42 PM
The RAF had an emergency fighter with fixed gear, a Merlin power egg and eight 303 Brownings. Who built that? The VVS had a yak trainer that out performed the service fighter.

Miles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_M.20

Jim Bow
08-21-2016, 06:02 PM
Anyone else recognise Joe E Brown??

WX
08-21-2016, 06:16 PM
I think they put the friendly fire kills on there as a reminder. One pilot had an American flag there, for shooting down a DC-3 he'd mistaken for a Japanese transport. Worse, a nurse he was dating was onboard the DC-3 (she and all others aboard survived the crash landing, but the aircraft was a writeoff, so they marked the kill on his fighter to remind him of the mistake.) Try to live that down when every time you look at your aircraft, the ground crew has added a reminder to the kills painted on the side.

The Boomerang was much maligned, but the only fighter with the same engine that was at all successful was the F4F, and late models had a lighter, more powerful engine. Had Australia really needed the Boomerang for defense, no doubt they would have scored some kills, but with P-40s and Spitfires arriving, the RAAF were able to use them for a role they were better suited to.
This is the reason why the Brits, Australia and New Zealand removed the red centre from the roundels.

The Bigfella
08-21-2016, 06:24 PM
An interesting presentation on WW2 deaths by country, etc.


http://www.fallen.io/ww2/

CliveP
08-22-2016, 09:28 AM
The Americans removed the red centre from their star to avoid confusion with the Japanese.
The Brits removed the white ring from their roundles to make their planes less easy to see.
Clive P

CliveP
08-24-2016, 09:02 AM
And the diggers ran out of red paint!http://pic20.picturetrail.com:80/VOL1413/13681246/24642333/412734975.jpg

I do think the BIG white circle is an inviting target.

And I love Mosquitos & even more the Comet.

Clive P

Vince Brennan
08-24-2016, 03:00 PM
Anyone else recognise Joe E Brown??

I did not!

johnw
08-24-2016, 03:08 PM
I did not!

Nobody's perfect.


https://youtu.be/CYUfPTeE0DM