As a fighter the Boomerang was lacking with it's slow speed and altitude performance, however at low level, it performed well with excellent manoeuvrability, good climb rate, decent range and good armament. It was at low level that the Boomerang excelled in its role of army co-op/ ground attack. It was ideal for zipping in and around valleys and mountains marking targets with either smoke or tracer fire for other a/c. In this role it gained an excellent reputation in what was dangerous work.
powerplant P&W 1200hp twin wasp Armament 2x 20mm cannon, 4x .303 machine guns Normal gross weight 7699lb service ceiling 34 000ft normal range 930 miles max range (with drop tank) 1600 miles max speed - sea level 277mph max speed - 7 400ft 302mph max speed - 15 500ft 305mph max speed - 27 000ft 270mph max speed - 30 000ft 260mph cruising speed (15 000ft) 190mph cruising speed (10 000ft) 175mph climb rate (7368lb) 2 940ft/min climb rate (7699lb) 2 150ft/min time to climb to 10000ft 4min time to climb to 15000ft 6.4min time to climb to 20000ft 9.2min time to climb to 25000ft 13.2min time to climb to 30000ft 19.9min total built 250 in 4 varients
The wirraway was a rather dangerous plane, infact I was reading a book recently and not one of the Australian pilots who trained with them had a good word to say. Some tended to seize in flight and for whatever reason they decided to make the rudder pedals further foward than in the texan so Shorter pilots needed wooden blocks to reach them
Bit hard to compare, both a/c performed well and won praise in the army co-op/ ground attack role however both were unsuitable in the fighter role. Wirraway's were blown out of the sky at Rabaul by superior enemy forces, something the Boomerangs did not come up agains't. When some of the Wirraway sqn's converted to Boomerangs in New Guinea some of the pilots were displeased as they preferred the Wirraway, in fact 5 sqn retained a few Wirraway's which fought along side their Boomerangs because they were more suited to some tasks ie arty spotting, recon etc.
The Wirrawy also has the distinction of training the many thousands of RAAF aircrew, something the Boomerang obviously did not do.