The CAC Files

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation was formed in October 1936 and became Australia’s first large-scale manufacturer of military aircraft. The company first entered production by manufacturing the Wirraway aircraft, a design licensed from North American Aviation, along with the Wasp engine, a design licensed from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft.

But the founders of the company always intended to develop the full capability to design and test new aircraft types, not just manufacture designs licensed from other companies. The development of the Wackett Trainer and the Woomera Bomber met these aspirations.

This website is a loose collection of information I have gathered during my research into the activities of CAC, with no particular themes other than to celebrate and remember the design and manufacturing capabilities established by CAC in the late 1930s and early 1940s.