Australian Ingenuity At Its Best
When Japan entered World War II in 1941, the RAAF had no front line fighter capable of defending Australia. A new aircraft had to be quickly designed and manufactured.
Using only parts that were readily available (including many from the CAC Wirraway aircraft), and parts that were accessible in Australia, production of the CA-12 Boomerang (nicknamed the ‘panic fight’) was achieved in just 16 ½ weeks from drawing board to initial test flight. A truly remarkable feat!
Designed as a World War II interceptor, the Boomerang had a good rate of climb and manoeuvrability, fitted with the most powerful engine in Australia at the
First contact with the enemy was made in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 16 May 1943 by aircraft from No 84 Squadron that successfully intercepted three Japanese Betty Bombers. Boomerangs went on to conduct strikes throughout PNG, Borneo, and the Solomon Islands.
At the end of World War II the Boomerangs were withdrawn from service with the majority destroyed. This aircraft ended up at No 6 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Oakey where it was purchased by a local farmer for spare parts.
CAC Boomerang A46-206
On 27 July 1944, A46-206 was received by 83 Squadron from No 1 Aircraft Depot, coded MH-Y and named 'Millingimbi Ghost' with a ghost figure firing at a Japanese plane aft of the cowl.
The aircraft served with 83 Squadron until placed in storage at No 6 Aircraft Depot, Oakey, QLD on 28 March 1945. In 1946 the aircraft was authorised for write off and subsequently disposed.
In 1990, A46-206 was restored to airworthiness standard by Saunders Aviation and Guido Zuccoli with the assistance of local enthusiasts in and around Toowoomba and members of the Darling Downs Aviation Museum. Guido helped establish the Australian Warbird movement.
The aircraft was re-registered as VH-BOM. In 1992, Boomerang A46-206 became the first Boomerang fighter to fly over Australia since the end of World War II.
Mrs Lynette Zuccoli donated this aircraft to the Australian Army Flying Museum, Oakey in May 2007, in memory of her late husband Guido and also the many World War II pilots who flew this type of aircraft.
The aircraft arrived at RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre on 28 August 2018.
Type: Single seat fighter / Army Co-operation aircraft
Powerplant: 1 x 1200hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S3C4 Twin Wasp piston engine
Wing Span: 10.97m (36ft)
Length: 7.77m (25ft 6in)
Height: 3.20m (10ft 6in)
Empty: 2,437kg (5,373lb)
Normal Loaded: 3,492kg (7,699lb)
Maximum Overloaded: 3,742kg (8,249lb)
Maximum Speed: 491kph (265kt)
Cruising Speed: 305kph (165kt)
Initial Climb Rate: 566m/min (2,150ft/min)
Service Ceiling: 10,363m (34,000ft)
Normal Range: 1,496km (808nm
Guns: 2 × 20 mm (0.787 in) Hispano or CAC cannons and 4 × 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns
Bombs: Could be fitted when the large drop tank was not carried