Author Topic: A different slant on CAC and thus the RAAF in WWII and beyond  (Read 5390 times)

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Re: A different slant on CAC and thus the RAAF in WWII and beyond
« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2013, 03:36:27 PM »
Another variation:  The Lockheed flavour...

Start in the late 30s with the Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra - initially as a modern airliner type but also transitioning into the Hudson during the war.  Also go with the hot new P-38 Lightning as a long range, high performance RAAF fighter.   Later on transition the civilian side to also produce the Constellation before moving to the Lockheed L-188 Electra/P-3 "Hudson II".  The military side stays with the P-38 for a while but then jumps early into the jet world with the P-80/T-33, maybe even introduce the F-94 before moving to the F-104...
Perhaps an intermediate heavy jet fighter crossing a twin-engined F-80 concept with the Lightning "Swordfish" testbed (that longer center nacelle was definitely cleaner and less "draggy").  With two seats and a bubble canopy instead of that framed one, it could be a good interim heavy jet fighter.

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Re: A different slant on CAC and thus the RAAF in WWII and beyond
« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2013, 01:43:01 AM »
Not quite sure what you mean Evan.  Would such a creation be twin boomed?
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Re: A different slant on CAC and thus the RAAF in WWII and beyond
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2013, 02:09:22 AM »
Not quite sure what you mean Evan.  Would such a creation be twin boomed?

Yep, since the engines would be at the rear of the center nacelle, close to the cg.  You might need to go with the elevated horizontal of the studied floatplane to clear the exhausts.  Think of it as a Lightning-derived straight-wing version of the Sea Vixen with tandem seating and a generation, or two, earlier tech for the engines (though a couple Beryl's might work well here).

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Re: A different slant on CAC and thus the RAAF in WWII and beyond
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2018, 03:55:43 AM »
Something I originally posted elsewhere but is probably relevant to this thread:  the info below is just the bare bones and needs to be better developed and filled out.  It was all originally inspired by this image by Clave:



Basically, it starts with the 1936 RAAF  technical mission to Europe.  In this spin, the team visit Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau AG where Lawrence Wackett befriends Kurt Tank (both being decorated WWI veterans and highly capable aircraft designers).  Impressed with the innovation of Kurt Tank's designs (especially the emphasis on maintainability and ruggedness), Lawrence Wackett (and the team) recommend that the RAAF pursue a licence to produce the Focke-Wulf Fw 56 Stösser advanced trainer with possible extension to also build the Focke-Wulf Fw 159 fighter which shared components.  This further develops into a full partnership between Focke-Wulf and CAC with Kurt Tank taking up a proposal to emigrate to Australia to work with his friend Lawrence Wackett.

Always a keen business man, Lawrence Wackett is especially intrigued to rapidly build Australia's (and CAC's) aerospace capability, not only for military platforms but more so for civilian.  Of course, WWII eventually leads to a focus on combat aircraft.  This eventually centres upon the following designs:

CA-1 Wirraway advanced trainer (aka FW-56):



CA-2 Currawong medium sized trainer/transport/liason/medium sized airliner aircraft (aka FW-158):



CA-3 Bilyara long range airliner/WII maritime patrol aircraft (aka FW-200):



CA-12 Boomerang (aka FW-190A series)
CA-14 Improved Boomerang  (aka TA-152)
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