Posted by: Gregoryno6 | June 5, 2016

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation: Cold War Flyers – Part I

A familiar plane in unfamiliar colours!

Aces Flying High

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Logo

Under the direction of the Australian government the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of Australia was incorporated on October 17th, 1936 and by September 1937 a factory had been constructed at Fishermen’s Bend in Port Melbourne, Victoria to produce military aircraft and engines. Lawrence Wackett (1896-1982), the “father of the Australian aircraft industry” was appointed General Manager of CAC and was integral to the design and development of the early aircraft produced by the company.

The Australian aviation industry was born in the 1930’s but the wartime conditions that began with the start of World War Two in Europe in September 1939 and totally erupted with the Japanese entry into the Pacific theatre in December 1941 enabled it to establish more quickly than otherwise would have occurred. The experience of building aircraft such as the Wirraway trainer and general purpose aircraft, and Boomerang fighter early in the war…

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