This stunning fighter was the pinnacle of Australian aviation efforts during WW2. Sadly, it proved to be in the end a not fully realised effort. As originally projected in 1943, the CA-15 was to be a P & W Double Wasp interceptor suitable also as long range escort fighter. The lack of availability of that highly employed radial engine obliged the designers to convert radically the CA-15 to employ a liquid-cooled 2,305hp RR Griffon instead. All that slowed drastically the project and meanwhile WW2 ended slowing even further its progress. In the end the unique prototype built took the skies in the spring of 1946. With a max speed of 448 mph (721 km/h) and superb handling the CA-15 was superior to the P-51 Mustang….., but arrived 3 years too late. Jet age was already here to stay.
“Kangaroo” was its nickname for obvious reasons. Such a purposeful looking beast. A long way from the Boomerang.
Artist: Ronnie Olsthoorn.