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Australian Boomerang Attack Fighter Aircraft

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation

The CAC Boomerang manufactured by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation was a Single-seat interceptor and ground attack fighter aircraft designed by Lawrence Wackett and Fred David, based on the Wirraway trainer aircraft. The concept to build the Boomerang was when Australia became involved in the Pacific War in Dec 1941, and the Royal Australian Air Force was ill-prepared to face the superior Japanese fighter aircraft.

Boomerang Twin Wasp engines

The Boomerang featured extensive amour plating and a wood and aluminum airframe that could withstand significant battle damage was designed as an interceptor with a high rate of climb and good maneuverability. The aircraft was fitted with the most powerful engine in Australia the Pratt & Whitney 1,200 hp Twin Wasp engines to obtain the best possible performance.

Armed with Cannons and Machine Guns

They were designed to carry two 20 mm Hispano or CAC manufactured cannons. Four 0.303 Browning machine-guns. Bombs could be substituted when the large drop tank was not carried. The Boomerang had an overall length of just 7.7 meters (25.5 ft.) and an 11 m (36 ft.) wingspan with a Max speed, 305 mph at 15,000 ft. Service ceiling 29,000 ft. and an Initial rate of climb, 2,940 ft. /min.

Boomerang Maiden Flight

The Commonwealth CA-12 Boomerang fighter made its maiden flight on the 29th of May 1942, only fourteen weeks after its design and the RAAF accepted the first Boomerang, A46-1, on the 15th of July 1942, and the last aircraft, A46-249 was delivered on the 1st of February 1945.

Boomerang First Enemy Contact

The first enemy contact was made on May 16, 1943, when Boomerangs from No 84 Squadron intercepted and drove off three Betty bombers. The Boomerang was also used in Papua New Guinea for bombing, strafing, and artillery spotting missions with great success. The Boomerang found its niche as a light ground attack aircraft, a vital role as the ground war in the jungles of the South West Pacific theatre.  A total of 250 Boomerangs were built between 1942 and 1945.

Restoring the Boomerang

There are three Boomerangs in Australia that remain airworthy today.

  1. The A46-122CA-13 “Suzy Q” (VH-MHR) with the Temora Aviation Museum
  2. The A46-206CA-19 “Milingimbi Ghost” on static display at the Oaky Army aviation center
  3. The A46-63a CA-12 which flew again on 26 June 2009 as VH-XBL. Restored with passenger seat.

One Airworthy Boomerang based in Netherland

  1. The A46-139, replica with many original parts in flying condition at Antwerp International Airport (01/11/2014)

Other boomerangs existing in Unworthy Status

  1. A46-30, part of an exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.
  2. Several under restoration to fly in both Australia and the USA, which includes A46 90currently being restored to airworthy status.

An Australian Icon

Australia was in great need of fighter aircraft at a critical time during World War II and the CAC Boomerang is significant as the first combat aircraft designed and built in Australia. The CAC Boomerang was not great as a fighter; however the performance of the Boomerang should not be underestimated as it was a good ground attack platform and army cooperation aircraft that played a crucial role defending Australia.

Preserving Australian History

Unfortunately at the end of World War II the boomerangs were scrapped and becoming extinct as a breed. But thanks to several aircraft restoration group undertaking the task to recover and preserve the Boomerang, more Boomerangs could return to the sky in the near future preserving a great part of Australian history.

Boomerang Fighter Aircraft in Formation Flight

Author: Fast Aviation Data

German D-LZ 129 Hindenburg 1937 Tragedy

The Hindenburg Built by Zeppelin

Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin (1838-1917) the founder of the company Zeppelin led the way to the development of the airships and built the German D-LZ 129 Hindenburg in the early 20th century. When the Hindenburg was in the process of completion, Paul Joseph Goebbels who was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945 wanted the Hindenburg to be named Adolf Hitler, even though he Hindenburg was completed with the financial support of the Nazi government, Dr. Hugo Eckener the manager of the Luftschiffbau Zeppelin and the commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin refused to name it after Hitler and named the airship after the president of Germany, Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934). Even though Dr. Hugo Eckener refused to name it after Adolf Hitler, the rudder of the Hindenburg would eventually have the swastikas emblazoned on its tail fins symbolizing the Nazi power. This led to continuing bomb threats which led to suspicions of sabotage in the Hindenburg disaster on May 6, 1937. The cause of the explosion of the Hindenburg has never been determined.

Hindenburg First Flight

The first Flight of the Hindenburg which lasted 3 hours and 6 minutes took place on the 3rd of March 1936. After a series of test flight the Hindenburg carried its first passengers which consisted of approx. 80 reporters on a short flight from Friedrichshafen to Lowenthal on March 23, 1936.

The Hindenburg Regular Schedule Flights

The Hindenburg was considered as the fastest and most comfortable way to cross the Atlantic during its time was the first airliner to provide regularly scheduled service between Europe and North America. Passage between Europe and America via Hindenburg cost $400 one way in 1936 and $450 in 1937. By the end of 1936 the Hindenburg had crossed the Atlantic 34 times, carrying over 3,500 passengers and more than 66,000 pounds of mail and freight. There were eighteen round-trip flights planned between Germany and the United States in 1937 but only managed to make six successful flights in including a round-trip from Germany to Brazil.

Hindenburg Incinerates in 30 Seconds

The Hindenburg is remembered for one of the most famous air disasters in history when it burst into flames at less than 300 feet of the ground while attempting to land at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey on May 6, 1937. The Air ship, which is nearly 3 football fields long and 15 stories tall, blew up above a huge number of people who were taking a glimpse of the monstrous airship when it burst into flames and incinerated in 30 seconds.

Werner Franz Hindenburg Last Survivor

There were 97 people on board the ship, made up of 36 passengers and 61 crew members. when the accident occurred Passengers and crew members began jumping out the promenade windows to escape the burning ship, 62 survived suffering serious injuries, 13 passengers, 22 crew members and one worker on the ground died. No evidence of sabotage was ever found, and no convincing theory of sabotaged has ever been discovered. Werner Franz who was a 14-year-old cabin boy and Jumped from the blazing craft running into the wind to escape the flames escape without so much as a scratch is the last surviving crew member that passed away in 2015 at the age of 92.

Hindenburg Flight History

In 1936 the Hindenburg operated 34 International flights 04 local international flights and 18 National local flights totaling 2,807 hours and 09 minutes

March 1936 – 229hr19min
Four test flights Friedrichshafen – Friedrichshafen – March 4,5,6,1 7
National flight Friedrichshafen – Friedrichshafen – March 18
Test / Mail flight with 80 reporters Friedrichshafen – Lowental – March 23
National flight Lowental – Lowental – March 26
Pro Hitler Propaganda flight Lowental – Lowental – March 26 to March 29
One Passenger International Flight – Löwental – Rio de Janeiro – March 31 to April 4 – First South America Trip

April 1936 – 103hr52min
International Flight – Rio de Janeiro – Löwental – April 6 to April 10

May 1936 – 424hr10min
National flight Lowental-Frankfurt – May 4
International flight Frankfurt – Lakehurst – May 06 to May 09 – First flight to North America
International flight Lakehurst – Frankfurt – May 12 to May 14
International flight Frankfurt – Lakehurst – May 17 to May 20
International flight Lakehurst – Frankfurt – May 21 to May 23
International flight Frankfurt – Rio De Janeiro – May 25 to May 29

June 1936 – 207hr04min
International flight Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt May 30 to June 03
National flight Frankfurt – Lowental – June 06
National flight Lowental – Lowental – June 16 – Krupp/Essen flight
National flight Lowental – Frankfurt – June 18
National flight Frankfurt – Frankfurt – June 18
International flight Frankfurt – Lakehurst – June 09 to June 22
International flight Lakehurst – Frankfurt -June 24 to June 26
International flight Frankfurt – Lakehurst – June 30 to July 02

July 1936 – 354hr33min
International flight Lakehurst – Frankfurt – July 04 to July 06
National flight Frankfurt – Frankfurt – July 8
National flight Frankfurt – Frankfurt – July 8
International flight Frankfurt – Lakehurst – July 10 to July 13
International flight Lakehurst – Frankfurt –July 15 to July 17
International flight Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro – July 20 to July 24
International flight Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt – July 25 to July 29

August 1936 – 355hr31min
National flight Frankfurt – Frankfurt – August 01
International flight Frankfurt – Lakehurst – August 05 to August 08
International flight Lakehurst – Frankfurt – August 10 to August 11
International flight Frankfurt – Lakehurst – August 17 to August 19
International flight Lakehurst – Frankfurt – August 20 to August 22
International flight Frankfurt – Rio De Janeiro – August 27 to August 30

September 1936 – 305hr38min
International flight Rio de Janeiro – Friedrichshafen – September 04 to September 08
National Friedrichshafen – Friedrichshafen – September 14 – Flight over 1936 Nazi Party Nuremberg Rally
National Friedrichshafen – Frankfurt – September 16
International flight Frankfurt – Lakehurst – September 17 to September 20
International flight Lakehurst – Frankfurt – September 22 to September 24
International flight Frankfurt – Lakehurst – September 26 to September 29

October 1936 – 395hr08min
International flight Lakehurst – Frankfurt – October 01 to October 03
International flight Frankfurt – Lakehurst – October 05 to October 07
International local flight Lakehurst – Lakehurst – October 09 – Millionaires Flight
International flight Lakehurst – Frankfurt – October 10 to October 12
International flight Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro – October 21 to October 25
International local flight Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro – Recife – October 29 to October 30
International flight Recife – Frankfurt – October 30 to November 02

November 1936 – 325hr23min
International flight Frankfurt-Rio de Janeiro – November 05 to November 09
International flight Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt – November 12 to November 16
International flight Frankfurt-Rio de Janeiro – November 25 to November 29
International local flight Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro – November 30 to December 01

December 1936 – 106hr31min
International local flight Rio de Janeiro – Recife – December 03 to December 04
International flight Recife – Frankfurt – December 04 to December 07
In 1937 the Hindenburg operated 03 International flights and 04 National local flights totaling   279 hours and 57 minutes

March 1937 – 193hr27min
National flight Frankfurt – Frankfurt – March 11
National flight Frankfurt – Frankfurt – March 11
International flight Frankfurt – Rio de Janeiro – March 16 to March 20
International flight Rio de Janeiro – Frankfurt – March 23 to March 26

April 1937 – 09hr22min
National flight Frankfurt – Frankfurt – April 27 – Udet flight/Rhineland
National flight Frankfurt – Frankfurt – April 27 – Udet hook-on trial flight

May 1937 – 77hr08min
International flight Frankfurt – Lakehurst – May 03 to May 06 – HINDERBURG CRASH AT LAKEHURST

Hindenburg Valuable Philatelic Artifacts

At the time the accident the Hindenburg carried around 17,000 pieces of mail, 176 pieces stored in a protective container survived the crash. The pieces scorched but still readable, are among the world’s most valuable philatelic artifacts in the world. The accident is believed to have lasted between just 32 and 37 second, with experts analyzing that the fire spread at a rate of around 15m/s. This tragedy led to the end of the use of rigid airships for commercial passengers. LZ-129 and its sister ship, LZ-130, are still the largest objects ever to fly.

German D-LZ 129 Hindenburg 1937 Tragedy

Author: Fast Aviation Data

F-35 Lightning II, arrested landing aboard the USS Nimitz

America made aviation history on November 3, 2014 when Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson conducted the first arrested landing with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) flight deck.

The arrested landing was part of an initial at-sea Developmental Testing I (DT-I) for the F-35C, which was a two week program divided into a three phase plan which initially started on the 3rd of November 2014.

The F-35C is designed to stand up to harsh shipboard conditions while delivering a lethal combination of fighter capabilities to the fleet. 

Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 Program Executive Officer “said: For months, we’ve been working with the Nimitz crew, Naval Air Forces, and our industry partners, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney, as well as their suppliers, to prepare and train for this event. We plan on learning a lot during this developmental test and will use that knowledge to make the naval variant of the F-35 an even more effective weapons platform." This will be one landing out of thousands more that will happen over the next few decades.

The US Navy together with its partners are looking at making the fifth-generation fighter fully capable and ready to deploy the F-35 jet Fighters on to Navy’s aircraft carriers in 2018. And by the year 2025 the US Navy  aircraft carrier-based will consist of F-35C, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Hawkeye battle management and control aircraft, MH-60R/S helicopters and Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics aircraft.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is an American 5th Generation single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighter aircraft developed from the Lockheed Martin X-35 and manufactured by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. The maiden flight of the F-35 Lightning II took place on the 15th of December 2006. Primary users are the United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy and the Royal Air Force. There were 162 F-35 Lightning II produced as of October 2013. The F-35 Lightning II is still in testing and training use by the US, UK, Norway and Netherlands. Cost per unit is approx. 98 million USD.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, First landing Test aboard Carrier 3

Author: Fast Aviation Data

Boeing KC-767 the Next Generation Tanker

KC-767 the Beginning of a Future Legend

The Boeing KC-767 is a military aerial refueling and strategic transport aircraft developed from the Boeing 767-200ER to replace the older version KC-135Es. In November 2007, Boeing decided to shift modification work on the KC-767A tankers for Italy and Japan from subcontractor Aeronavali’s facility in Italy to Boeing’s Wichita facility in an effort to meet the delivery schedules.

Boeing delivered the first KC-767 to Italy 2011

Italy received the first KC-767 on the 27th of January 2011, and in March 2011 operated its first mission into Libya to refuel Italian aircraft involved in Operation Unified Protector. Italy now owns four such refuelers that are creating waves around the world after the Italian Air Force Press office and a number of engineers took the opportunity to observe and take video shots of the entire refueling process while refueling in midair.

So how does the KC-767 refueling system work?

The aircraft comes with two different kinds of refueling mechanisms: One is a flying boom that has been modeled on the McDonnell Douglas KC-10 and the other is a three hose and drogue system. This double mechanism means that the aircraft can refuel other aircraft that have refueling probes and it can also refuel those with an on-board receptacle.

Refueling via a Remote station with a video display

And if the fueling system is not enough to impress anyone, anyone would definitely be amazed with the control mechanism of the Boeing KC-767. This aircraft is operated using a joystick! The operator can have complete control on the movements of the Boomer by video that is transmitted from a number of small cameras which are attached to various parts of the rear fuselage of the tank. The aircraft also comes equipped with a camera system that is capable of sending images in HD to vision goggles that are worn on the helmet of the Boomer so that there is a clear, high definition image right through the refueling process.

With all the advanced technology that is used in these aircraft, it is believed that this next generation tanker is all set to replace the US fleet of KC-135E.

The Italian Air Force was the first to be certified to refuel a US fighter jet. Italian Air Force boom operators use stereoscopic cameras, directional sensors and direct communication to navigate the KC-767 Tanker boom into the waiting F-35 fighter jet

KC-767 – Italian Air Force Refuel F-35A at Edwards AFB 2004

Author: Fast Aviation Data

The Supermarine Spitfire

Spitfire WW2 British Fighter Aircraft

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and other allied countries during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations.

Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XIIs – 41 Squadron – April 1944

The Supermarine Spitfire was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft; it was also the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be a popular aircraft, with approximately 53 Spitfires being airworthy, while many more are static exhibits in aviation museums all over the world.

Supermarine Spitfire HF.VIIIc 5501 – display at Saxonwold, Johannesburg. South Africa.

Spitfire high-performance interceptor

R.J. Mitchell, chief designer, designed the short-range high-performance interceptor aircraft at the Super Marine Aviation Center, operating as Vickers Armstrong from 1928. In accordance with its role as an interceptor, Mitchell designed the Spitfire’s distinctive elliptical wing to have the thinnest possible cross-section; this thin wing enabled the Spitfire to have a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death from cancer in 1937, where upon his colleague Joseph Smith took over as chief designer, overseeing the development of the Spitfire through its multitude of variants.

Spitfire HF Mk VII. shape of the ellipse altered by the extended “pointed” wing tips

Even though there were more Hawker Hurricane shouldering a greater proportion of the burden during the Battle of Britain July October 1940, against the Luftwaffe, the spitfire units higher performance and victory to loss ratio were performing much better than the flying Hurricane and the public perceived the Spitfire as the RAF number one aircraft fighter.

Backbone of the RAF fighter Command

After the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire superseded the Hurricane to become the backbone of the RAF Fighter Command, and saw action in the European, Mediterranean, Pacific and the South-East Asian theatres. Much love by its pilots, the Spitfire served in several roles, including interceptor, photo-reconnaissance, fighter-bomber and trainer, it continued to serve in these roles until the 1950s. The HMS Seafire was a carrier based adaptation of the Spitfire which served in the Fleet Air Arm from 1942 through to the mid-1950s.

Spitfires and Wildcats aboard Wasp on 19 April 1942

Although the original airframe was designed to be powered by a Rolls Royce Griffon engines producing up to 2,340 hp (1,745 kW); the Merlin engine producing 1,030 hp (768 kW), was strong and adaptable enough to power the Spitfire. As a consequence of this the Spitfire’s performance and capabilities improved, sometimes dramatically, over the course of its life making the Supermarine Spitfire one of the most popular fighter aircraft during the second world war.

Author: Fast Aviation Data

Your Own Private Jet

Are you a Frequent Business Flier?

If you are involved in a high corporate level company doing frequent business trips you a probably facing difficult times scheduling your business trips with commercial airliners and for most of us not showing up on time to close a business deal can be a big loss to business. Most frequent business flyers have at some time or the other wished they had their own jet and it’s not a bad idea, as you would not be subject to the airline’s timings and could jet around anywhere you wanted, whenever you wanted.

In fact the convenience of owning your own corporate jet could actually help you win your contracts by reaching your potential clients on time, every time, thus making up for the initial cost of your trip. In addition, you could charter your Corporate Jet to help keep the cost of maintenance and parking of the aircraft.

Advantages of Corporate Jet Owners

If your company flies over 200 hours annually owning your own Corporate Jet can save you a lot of Dollars. In addition to the huge savings, you will never be late to whatever types of occasion arises worldwide; your crews are on call 24/7 and can arrange your trip to suit your schedule making sure that you do not waste any time in airport lines for security check-ins.

Private Jet Interior Designs

Private jets are fitted out with every conceivable convenience from kitchens, washrooms and even sleeping areas and the interior can be designed to provide you the comfort and luxury to suit any ambience from VVIP to business and leisure time. You could install conference table, chairs phones, fax machines and even internet connection for business trips or to conduct meetings or maybe even change the interior design for your holiday trips.

Get Professional Advice before buying a Corporate Jet

The price of a corporate jet could be anything in the region of $500,000 to $80 million. In addition to the purchase price, you need to also look at recurring costs such as parking and storing charges, crew expenses and fuel and maintenance costs which usually work out to around 15% of the price of the aircraft. Just be sure that you get the right professional advice when you are buying your own corporate jet.

Owners of Corporate Jet will usually place their private Jets with aircraft management companies who take care of the paperwork, parking and maintenance as well as prepare flight trips to any destination in the world. The only thing you need to do is to call them when you want to fly somewhere.

There will be times when your aircraft could be parked at the hangar without use for “months” and this cost money, but with private charters in great demand you could offset your Parking & maintenance cost by signing up with companies that deal in Private Jet chartering & Management, and charter your Jet.

Top 10 Most Expensive Private Jets in the World

Author: Fast Aviation Data

Black Knight Transformer

Helicopter Truck Hybrid driving Test

The Black Knight Transformer has recently completed its driving tests to become the first ever hybrid helicopter truck in the world. This truck has been designed mainly for military purpose with the hope that one day this new concept truck will be able to one day in the future assist the army in conflict.

Conventional Hybrid – Helicopter Truck

The transformer truck can be driven by a pilot or even operated remotely. This means that it can be flown with people sitting inside it or it can even be sent out without anyone inside it during dangerous missions. During the testing stage, it was remotely piloted and at this time it managed to achieve a height of a little less than ten feet from the ground.

In a true Transformer style, this truck has eight rotors, four located on each side of the truck. These rotors spring out during the time of take-off and they subtly fold in when they are being driven through smaller roads. When the truck is in the air, the rotors also have the ability to tilt forward so that the truck can move faster.

Rescue Missions

Even though this prototype is still far away from actually hitting the streets and being of service to the military, the fact is that it is slowly becoming a reality. The concept already works at a human scale and it is not just a design on paper any more. If all goes well, the Black Knight will be used for rescue missions and to carry troops during battle.

The major advantage of this transformer will be that it has the ability to fly over mines, canyons and other places that are inaccessible by road. Once it clears these obstacles, it will be able to drive to its destination and help troops to evacuate from areas of battle. The Transformer will provide an all-in-one solution for the military thanks to its ability to be piloted remotely.

Incredible First Flight of the AT Black Knight Transformer

Author: Fast Aviation Data