Australian CAC ''Boomerang'' Fighter Plane

  • Military Aircraft Of The World
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By Crusader1307

The first mass produced Fighter Plane of Australia during the onset of World War II, The CAC “Boomerang” was based in part – on America’s Curtis P-40 “Warhawk” and Britain’s “Spitfire” Fighter. First deployed in 1942, The CAC saw extensive service in The Pacific War Theater. The Fighter was an excellent addition to the eventual gained air superiority over Imperial Japan. With 5 variants, The CAC was a single seater, which was 25-feet long with a 35-foot wingspan. It was powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Wasp Radial Engine, and was capable of airspeeds of 300-mph. The CAC had an operational ceiling of 29,000-feet. Armament for The CAC was (2) Hispano 20mm Wing Cannons and (4) Browning .303 Machine Guns. The CAC was not designed as a primary Bomber, but for Air to Air combat. Some could however, be fitted for a single 200-pound Ordnance (providing it’s external fuel tank underneath was removed). Production stopped in 1943, with retirement in 1945. Of the 250 built only 7 are known to have survived, with only 2 known actual flying versions.