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hughlb2
06-08-2004, 06:55 AM
CA-15 "Kangaroo" - Australian WWII high performance fighter.

Reading about this domestically designed aircraft caught my attention. Australia seemed to relly heavily on imported models (spit, p-40 etc.) and the well known domestic aircraft, ie. "Boomerang" fighter, didn't seem that spectacular, performance-wise. But some brief info I read about the CA-15 stated it was the best performing piston engined aircraft of the warhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif is there any data to back that up? Elsewhere (perhaps on this forum, I cant remember http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/53.gif), someone commented something like "it looked like a mustang on steroids" I can definatly confirm that!

Has anybody got more info on this fascinating aircraft?

hughlb2
06-08-2004, 06:55 AM
CA-15 "Kangaroo" - Australian WWII high performance fighter.

Reading about this domestically designed aircraft caught my attention. Australia seemed to relly heavily on imported models (spit, p-40 etc.) and the well known domestic aircraft, ie. "Boomerang" fighter, didn't seem that spectacular, performance-wise. But some brief info I read about the CA-15 stated it was the best performing piston engined aircraft of the warhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif is there any data to back that up? Elsewhere (perhaps on this forum, I cant remember http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/53.gif), someone commented something like "it looked like a mustang on steroids" I can definatly confirm that!

Has anybody got more info on this fascinating aircraft?

gombal40
06-08-2004, 07:22 AM
http://users.chariot.net.au/~theburfs/images/ca15.jpg
CAC CA-15
TYPE: Single seat fighter-bomber
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia
ENGINE: Rolls-Royce Griffon 61 piston engine, 2,035 hp
DIMENSIONS:
Span: 36 ft 0 in / 10.97 m.
Length: 36 ft 2.5 in / 11.03 m.
Height: 14 ft 2.75 in / 4.34 m.
PERFORMANCE:
Max. speed: 389 kts / 721 kph
Service ceiling: 39,000 ft / 11,887 m.
Max. climb: 4,990 ft / 1,520 m. per min
Max. range: 2,200 n.m./ 4,075 km. (auxiliary fuel, drop tanks)
WEIGHTS:
Empty: 7,540 / 3,420 kg
Normal loaded: 10,764 lb / 4,882 kg
Max. overload: 12,340 lb / 5,597 kg
ARMAMENT: 6x .60 in. machine guns. Provision for 10 rocket projectiles or 2x 1,000 lb / 454 kg bombs under wings.
CREW: One
RAAF SERVICE: Prototype only - one aircraft.
The CA-15, unofficialy named Kangaroo, was designed and built by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation; advanced as it may have been, it arrived too late, at a time when jet fighters were claiming its place.
Plans were laid for a long range, high performance fighter in 1943, originally to be powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine. By August 1944, it was clear no R-2800s would be available, and design continued around the Griffon V-12. Allocated RAAF serial A62-1001, the prototype flew in March 1946, and was handed to the RAAF three months later. That December it was badly damaged in a wheels-up landing, and did not fly again until May 1948. It saw limited use by ARDU before it was scrapped in 1950.
It was an excellent aircraft, but out of its time. As CAC general manager Lawrence Wackett noted, it served as an "exercise to keep alive the spirit of design".
from http://users.chariot.net.au/~theburfs/ca15MAIN.html

gombal40
06-08-2004, 07:24 AM
http://home.wanadoo.nl/r.j.o/skyraider/gallery/ca-15_1.jpg
from http://home.wanadoo.nl/r.j.o/skyraider/ca-15_1.htm

hughlb2
06-08-2004, 08:16 AM
thanks for the info gombal40, much appreciated.

Its a nice lookin plane and judging by the specs it looks like it could have lived up to its reputation and been a formidable opponent, too bad the jet age arrived.

can I ask where you got this info from - is there a good website that covers aircraft such as this, that were not as well known?

hughlb2
06-08-2004, 08:18 AM
don't worry about the website, I just noticed the link http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/35.gif I'm on no sleep man!

CHDT
06-08-2004, 08:23 AM
Nice looking bird?

Uh, it looks like a fat pregnant Mustang to me http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

carguy_
06-08-2004, 08:27 AM
To me it looks like a cow hehe.

Anyways,if the real Mustang P51 flies like in FB,this plane wouldn`t have been much better.

http://carguy.w.interia.pl/tracki/sig23d.jpg

hughlb2
06-08-2004, 08:39 AM
alright, I may have overextended myself on the way it looks http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif, its no Spit thats for sure. I guess it looks more like a cropduster on steroids http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Whats with the six .60 mach guns, I havn't heard of these being used before, but if their anything like their cousins they'll pack a punch. Anybody know about them?

WOLFMondo
06-08-2004, 09:38 AM
It looks almost identicle to a Martin Baker MB5.

http://bill.nickdafish.com/sig/mondo.jpg
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ASM 1
06-08-2004, 09:54 AM
Looks to me like some sort of weird spit/mustang/Typhoon/Tempest hybrid, with a slap of P47 thrown in http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/51.gif . That said, if the specs are anthoing to go by, it would have been quite formidable.

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S!

Andrew

http://www.screenshotart.com/uploads/post-25-10866701230.jpg

horseback
06-08-2004, 10:02 AM
Looks to me a lot like the Mustang; if it's anywhere near as aerodynamically clean, with a 2,000 hp Griffon power plant, it would be an absolute monster, especially if the normal cleaning up of the design had taken place. I suspect that the prop might have gone to the 5-bladed form used by similarly equipped Spit XIVs.

cheers

horseback

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