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Australia's CAC CA-11 Woomera (A23) bomber

Design

The Australians had acquired a license to build the Bristol Beaufort and the Woomera was intended to be its successor.

Armament

In the engine housings were two remote controlled turrets with machine guns installed.

Prototype

The CA-4 prototype first flew on September 19, 1941. Its designation was later changed to CA-11.

Production

The CA-11 was ready for production on July 7, 1944, but with all the other aircraft supplied to Australia, the Woomera was cancelled.

  • CAC CA-11:
  • Total:
    • Manufacturer: Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation

Variants

  • CAC CA-4: Prototype.
  • CAC CA-11:

Usage

The Woomera never made it to production and never made it into combat.

Specifications

  CAC CA-11 Woomera (A23)
Type Bomber
Crew 3
Engine (Type) 2: Pratt & Whitney R-1830 S3C2-Q Twin Wasp
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
HP 1,200 each
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 59' 2"
Length 39' 7"
Height 18' 2"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 22,287 lb
Maximum load  
Performance  
Speed 282 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 22,000'
Range 2,220 miles
Armament 2: 20 mm
6: MG
Bombs 3,200 lb

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site