Boomerang Mk I (Great Britain)

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This page is about the premium British fighter Boomerang Mk I (Great Britain). For the other version, see Boomerang Mk II (Great Britain).
▄Boomerang Mk I
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▄Boomerang Mk I
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Description

The ▄Boomerang Mk I is a rank II premium British fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB), 3.0 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). This fighter aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29. It costs 1,150 Golden Eagles. This variant of the Boomerang represents a version which was designed and manufactured in Australia.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 100 m491 km/h
Turn time22 s
Max altitude10 356 m
EnginePratt & Whitney S3C4-G
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight4 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,100 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 472 456 10356 23.2 23.9 12.1 12.0 273
Upgraded 513 491 21.4 22.3 18.2 14.9

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
660 320 520 520 225 ~12 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 370 < 340 > 323
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,990 m 1,100 hp 1,188 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural660 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot, with 3 mm steel plate flaps around it.

The Boomerang has a severe tendency to catch fire when shot, due to its large, centrally-positioned fuel tanks.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
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RB6 700 Sl icon.png
SB4 400 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts80 000 Sl icon.png
Aces320 Ge icon.png
Research Aces500 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 70 / 240 / 220 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 130 / 130 / 130 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Engine injection
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Airframe
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Cover
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Mk.II year 1943

Armaments

Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannon
Ammunition120 rounds
Fire rate600 shots/min
Weapon 24 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun
Ammunition4 000 rounds
Fire rate1 000 shots/min

The Boomerang Mk I (Great Britain) is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannon, wing-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
  • 4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, wing-mounted (1,000 rpg = 4,000 total)

Usage in battles

The Mk I Boomerang is not very fast for a fighter for its BR at roughly 460 KPH at sea level with WEP, and it loses power very quickly starting at an altitude of 4000 meters. From this, it would be thought that the Boomerang isn't much of a capable fighter, as most of its opponents are capable of reaching 500 KPH at any altitude, yet the Boomerang possesses great manoeuvrability.

Therefore, the Boomerang is best played in a turn-fighting role, almost as a British A6M, as even though the statistics claim a rather average turn time, at low altitude it is a turning-monster, capable of competing with even some Japanese fighters.

The armament of the Boomerang is also quite acceptable for its rank, with 2 20mm Hispanos and 4 7.7 Browning machine guns, which also emphasises its turn-fighting role. However, Boom and Zoom tactics are also possible with the Boomerang, as its decent rip speed, lack of rudder-stiffness at high speed and good rate of climb allows it to make decent passes on any enemies unfortunate enough to be underneath it.

It most also be noted that the massive fuel tank behind the pilot is very prone to catching fire if hit, so when being attacked it is suggested to roll away, as the Boomerang also possesses a good roll rate.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Tight turn speed and Roll ability at low altitude
  • A large amount of secondary machine gun ammunition (4,000 Rounds)
  • Large choice of ammo belts for both the cannons and machine guns
  • Decent rate of climb (14.9m/s)

Cons:

  • Poor performance at higher altitude, notably above 4000 meters
  • Cannons only have 60 rounds in each gun
  • Average speed for a Fighter Aircraft (even for Rank II)
  • Overheats very quickly when using WEP

History

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In-game description

The CAC Boomerang was an Australian single-seat, single-engine fighter of mixed wood and aluminium construction.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941 and subsequent events in the Pacific theatre of operations showed how unready Australia was for war. The country had fewer than two hundred military aircraft, most of them obsolete. At that time, the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) only produced a trainer, the CAC Wirraway (a licensed version of the American NA-33). The License Agreement provided for modifications, so, in order to have fighter aircraft as soon as possible, the CAC decided to use the trainer as a basis for a new fighter.

The CA-12 (later called the Boomerang Mk.I) was created, the first domestically produced fighter to ever roll off Australian assembly lines. The CA-12 borrowed the Wirraway's landing gear, tail, and wing design and was powered by a liscene built American Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp engine, rated at 1200 hp. The aircraft was armed with two 20mm Hispano cannon and four 0.303 inch Browning machine guns and could carry four 9kg smoke bombs to mark targets, one 227kg bomb, or a 265 litre external fuel tank.

The CA-12 had high durability, good armament, and excellent handling characteristics at low level, although this performance deteriorated at height and the fighter's top speed was not at all competitive.

Mass production began in July 1942 and 105 Boomerang Mk I fighters were produced.

Media

See also

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Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC)
Attackers  ▄Wirraway
Fighters  ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II

Britain fighters
Fury  Fury Mk I · Fury Mk II
Nimrod  Nimrod Mk I · Nimrod Mk II
Gladiator  Gladiator Mk II · Tuck's Gladiator Mk II · Gladiator Mk IIF · Gladiator Mk IIS
Sea Gladiator  Sea Gladiator Mk I
Hurricane  Hurricane Mk I/L · Hurricane Mk.I/L FAA M · Hurricane Mk IIB/Trop · Hurricane Mk IV
Sea Hurricane  Sea Hurricane Mk IB · Sea Hurricane Mk IC
Spitfire (early-Merlin)  Spitfire Mk Ia · Spitfire Mk IIa · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire Mk IIb · Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · Spitfire Mk Vb · Spitfire Mk Vc/trop · Spitfire Mk Vc
Spitfire (late-Merlin)  Spitfire F Mk IX · Spitfire LF Mk IX · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XVI
Spitfire (Griffon)  Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire F Mk XIVe · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe · Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe · Spitfire F Mk 22 · Spitfire F Mk 24
Seafire  Seafire F Mk XVII · Seafire FR 47
Typhoon  Typhoon Mk Ia · Typhoon Mk Ib · Typhoon Mk Ib/L
Tempest  Tempest Mk II · Tempest Mk V · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)
Sea Fury  Sea Fury FB 11
Other  MB.5 · Firecrest · Wyvern S4
  Foreign:
Australia  ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II
France  ▄D.520 · ▄D.521
USA  Martlet Mk IV · ▄Corsair F Mk II · ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Thunderbolt Mk.1 · ▄Mustang Mk IA

Britain premium aircraft
Fighters  Tuck's Gladiator Mk II · ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II · ▄D.520
  Martlet Mk IV · ▄Corsair F Mk II · ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Thunderbolt Mk.1 · ▄Mustang Mk IA
  Hurricane Mk.I/L FAA M · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe
  Typhoon Mk Ib · Wyvern S4 · MB.5
Twin-engine fighters  Hornet Mk.I · Whirlwind P.9
Jet fighters  Harrier GR.1 · Hunter FGA.9 · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper
Attackers  ▄Wirraway
Bombers  ▄Avenger Mk II · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7 · ▄Hudson Mk V · ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · Swordfish Mk II