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  CAC CA-13  Boomerang Serial Number A46-122  
83 Squadron

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Daniel Leahy 2004

Aircraft History
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructors number 945.

Wartime History
During August 1943 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Boomerang serial number A46-122. Assigned to 83 Squadron with code MH-R and was allocated to pilot Paul Bash who nicknamed the aircraft "Suzy-Q". During the end of March 1945, flown to Oakey Airfield and placed into storage until the end of the war. During May 1946, authorized to be written off. In November 1948 struck off charge and scrapped.

The tubular steel frame of A46-122 was recovered from Oakey Airfield by John Hill. In 1975, it was purchased by 15 year old Matt Denning. Components sourced from a number of Boomerang wrecks were used in the restoration. These other aircraft included Boomerang A46-144, Boomerang A46-160 and Boomerang A46-166.

The project found itself based at numerous places across eastern Australia, including Point Cook, South Brisbane TAFE College, Coolangatta Airport, Archerfield Airport, RAAF Base Amberley and Toowoomba Airport.

Restored to airworthy condition, this Boomerang made its first flight in early 2003. Registered in Australia as VH-MHR and is one of only three airworthy Boomerangs in the world.

Afterwards, based at the Australian Army Museum of Flying at Oakey Airfield. Today, operated by Temora Aviation Museum.

Temora Aviation Museum - Boomerang A46-122
ADF Serials - Boomerang A46-122
Boomerang Flight - CA-13 Boomerang A46-122 / VH-MHR (Way Back Machine - February 18, 2008)
Thanks to Matt Denning for additional informaiton

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January 31, 2018


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