My favourite WWII aircraft.
Not because it was the best or what it looks like because it exists at all.
It's a physical manifestation of the dire situation Australia was in.
With the Japanese practically on our doorstep, neither the UK or USA could be bothered to help us.
The UK was too busy fighting the War and the USA was too busy not fighting the War and we needed fighter aircraft.
Wackett a Jew who had escaped the Nazis decided to cut down the Wirraway which was a licensed version of the Texans the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation was already building.
It was meant to have the more powerful Pratt and Whitney R2800 but the Yanks wouldn't let us have them so it just got the little engine we were licensed to build.
It never fulfilled it's fighter status but proved to be an excellent ground attack aircraft.
Unfortunately more were shot down by Yankee fighters than the Japanese but thankfully Yanks also shoot down Yanks and everyone else on their side
25. June, 20:42