Boomerang Mk I (Great Britain)
|This page is about the premium British fighter Boomerang Mk I (Great Britain). For the other version, see Boomerang Mk II (Great Britain).|
The ▄Boomerang Mk I is a premium rank II British fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB), 3.0 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27. It costs 1,150 Golden Eagles. This variant of the Boomerang represents a version which was designed and manufactured in Australia.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 5,100 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 380||< 370||< 340||> 323|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|1,990 m||1,100 hp||1,188 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 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
The Boomerang Mk I (Great Britain) is armed with:
- 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
- 4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, 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 km/h at sea level with WEP, and it loses power very quickly starting at an altitude of 4,000 metres. 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 km/h 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 x 7.7 mm 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
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Pros and cons
- 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 (14.9 m/s)
- 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
The Boomerang Mk I is the first variant of the CAC Boomerang, a fighter aircraft developed by Australia’s Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Designed to equip the RAAF after the start of the Second World War, the aircraft was the first indigenously-built Australian fighter aircraft. The Boomerang was very underpowered due to the limited engine choices, meaning that it was considerably slower than its contemporaries. The aircraft saw limited active service during the Second World War in both frontline and secondary duties.
In the late 1930s, with Nazi Germany and Japan both rapidly increasing the size of their militaries, the Australian Air Force (RAAF) looked to acquire a new fighter aircraft to replace their obsolete squadrons of F2A Buffalos. Following the start of the war, the RAAF was hard-pressed for fighters: the UK, Australia’s primary source for aircraft, was barely supplying enough aircraft for itself, while the USA dedicated almost all of its manufacturing capacity to producing aircraft for the USAAF and USN. As a result, Australia was forced to produce a new fighter indigenously.
The RAAF turned to the CAC, which had been created in 1936 through the merger of several Australian aircraft companies. The CAC was already producing the Wirraway, a training and general-purpose aircraft; the CAC decided to create a new fighter on the basis of the Wirraway, as this could be done quickly and efficiently. The Wirraway’s rear fuselage, tail and wings were mated to a new forward fuselage which housed a 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney twin wasp engine. This prototype configuration first flew in May of 1942 and was later ordered into service as the Boomerang Mark I (contract number CA-12) - a total of 105 Boomerang Mk Is would be built during the war.
In service, the Boomerang proved to be very underpowered and much slower than most comparable allied fighters. In fact, the Boomerang never shot down a single enemy aircraft. The Boomerang proved to be more effective as a ground attack aircraft, replacing the lighter-armed Wirraway in this role: it was frequently used to drop ordnance or strafe enemy targets, or deploy smoke bombs to mark enemy targets. The Boomerang was retired soon after the war’s end; five Boomerang Mk Is remain intact today, including two currently-airworthy aircraft.
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 license 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.
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