Temora Trip Part 2 – Boomerang

This is Commonwealth CA-13 Boomerang VH-MHR, ex-RAAF A46-122 “Suzi Q”. The Boomerang was born out of panic during the early days of the Pacific War, and was quickly relegated to home defence and Army cooperation duties. I’d like to know if the Japanese found it as hard to shoot down as I do to photograph – it has a similar wingspan to the Spitfire, but it’s about 1.3m shorter, and for some reason it’s very hard to keep in the viewfinder.boomerang 1Above:- Pilot Doug Hamilton preparing to start Suzi Q. My camera can’t cope with the extreme contrast between the dark camouflage and the brightness of the concrete apron and the sky, so this photo took quite a bit of work to edit.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbove:- Yep, that’s a radial engine all right (cough, cough…)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALovely to see and to hear – such a shame the Zuccoli A46-206 “Milingimbi Ghost” is now on static display only (at Oakey in QLD). The two deserve to be flown and displayed together.

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