A3 WACKET TRAINER


Wackett Trainer, A3-200. Last of the batch of 200 built. Flown by Mr J.O. Carter, civilian production test Pilot. Fishermans Bend (Melbourne) area, 1942-04-22.

Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial Collection



Introduction

The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Wackett Trainer was the first Australian design to enter mass production, and was the first in-house design of CAC following its formation to build the Wirraway.

Designed to meet a RAAF pre-war specification for a 2 seat monoplane elementary trainer, the Wackett was the only indigenous design to see production during World War 2.

The Wackett had a cockpit layout similar to the Wirraway, and although the Wackett has fixed undercarriage it had a dummy lever to allow trainee pilots to become familiar with the control in aircraft with retractable undercarriage, such as the Wirraway.

Consisting of a fabric covered steel tube fuselage, and wooden wings, the creation of the Empire Air Training Scheme and standardisation on the Tigermoth resulted in an order for only 200 production aircraft and many served as Wireless trainers in the RAAF.

Servicing with the RAAF from 1941 to 1945, over 40 aircraft entered the civil register, and a further 30 served with the NEIAF prior to Indonesea’s independence, the first Australian design and made aircraft to serve in a foreign Airforce.

The museum’s Wackett was sold to Mr J.T. Brown after the war for $136, and was acquired by the museum following a forced landing into the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works sewerage farm southeast of Moorabbin Airport in 1968.

It is the 22 production aircraft, and the oldest of 4 complete Wacketts remaining in Australia.

Engine
7 Cylinder radial 165HP Warner Scarab
Length 26 feet 10 inches    (  7.92 m)
Span 37 feet   0 inches    ( 11.28 m)
Height 6 feet   9 inches    (   2.06 m)
Weight 1,910 pounds (empty)   (  866 kg)
Speed 110 mph              ( 177 kph)
Range 425 miles         ( 684 km)

Information courtesy of the The Australian National Aviation Museum.

The kits


A3-1

Details
Model by
1/72 Wackett Trainer A3-1
Raúl José and Santiago Hrubisko

 

A3-49

Details
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1/72 Wackett Trainer A3-49
Raúl José and Santiago Hrubisko

 

A3-77

Details
Model by
1/72 Wackett Trainer A3-77
Raúl José and Santiago Hrubisko

 

A3-90

Details
Model by
1/72 Wackett Trainer A3-90
Raúl José and Santiago Hrubisko

 

A3-132

Details
Model by
1/72 Wackett Trainer A3-132
Raúl José and Santiago Hrubisko

 

A3-180

Details
Model by
1/72 Wackett Trainer A3-180
Raúl José and Santiago Hrubisko

 

A3-191

Details
Model by
1/72 Wackett Trainer A3-191
Raúl José and Santiago Hrubisko

 

A3-200

Details
Model by
1/72 Wackett Trainer A3-200
Raúl José and Santiago Hrubisko

 



 

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