CAC Wackett

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CAC Wackett
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Type Tandem seat monoplane
Role Trainer
Designer Lawrence Wackett
Manufacturer Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation of Australia
Produced 1941 - 1942
Number built 200
Primary users RAAF
In service March 1941
Out of service 1945


The first aircraft type designed in house by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation of Australia. It was a tandem seat fixed tailwheel-undercarriage, monoplane aircraft with a fuselage of steel tube and fabric construction and wings and tail made of wood. Early engines were either underpowered or weighed too much until Scarabs were fitted in mid 1940. Supplies of Hamilton propellers, which were being manufactured locally by de Havilland Australia, and the Scarab engines, were erratic during the first half of 1941. The propeller supply problem was not fully resolved until October of that year, so many unflyable aircraft accumulated at the CAC factory at Fisherman's Bend.

Following the outbreak of the Pacific War production was increased to make way for the Boomerang and the last Wackett was delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force on 22 Apr 1942.

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 7.92 m
  • Wingspan: 11.28 m
  • Height: 3.0 m
  • Empty weight: 866 kg
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,175 kg
  • Powerplant: 1 x Warner Scarab 175 Hp
  • Maximum speed: 185 km/h
  • Range: 684 km
  • Service ceiling:
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