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B-17E 41-2153

 

     
  Over the years many aircraft types have been selected and then ordered for Australian Military service only to be cancelled. Some were allocated serial ranges and some not. Others were evaluated for potential service or never progressed to production.

Here are a selection of these types and the stories behind them.

 
     
 

Types Ordered, Offered by or Requested from other Governments but cancelled

 
     
 
Felixstowe F5 
Image via Brendan Cowan

A11 Felixstowe F5

Finance for order not allotted

Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV

A8 - Bristol Blenheim

Order for 50 aircraft cancelled in favour of Bristol Beaufort and A8 Serial range re-allotted to Bristol/DAP Beaufighter

Highlight for Album: Mitsubishi Zero

Mitsubishi Zero

Order Contemplated in 1940

 

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A26 - Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress

Order for 143 cancelled

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(A27) Brewster Bermuda

Order for 243 cancelled in favour of Vultee Vengeance

Research Article

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Vultee P-66 Vanguard

40 Requested in 1942 (Airframes unavailable P-40E/E-1's supplied instead)

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Hawker Hurricane II

50 Offered Aug/Sep 1942 ex Canada (Offer declined)

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Lockheed P-322 Lightning

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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Aircraft sought in 1943 but unavailable Requirement eventually fulfilled by P-51D in 1945

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Curtiss C-46 Commando

Order for 66-69 prepared in 1944(?)

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Sikorsky R-4 Hoverfly

Order sought in 1945

Eventually supplied with S-51 in 1947

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Curtiss-Wright C-76 Caravan

Order for 10 in 1945 cancelled

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Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina

Order for 24 Aircraft cancelled

Avro Tudor 
Mock up final stage
GAF photo via
Robert Nash

A76 Avro Tudor

Order for 12 cancelled in favour of additional  Avro Lincolns

Hawker P1081 VX279 
via Brendan Cowan

A86 - Hawker P.1081

Order for 72 aircraft cancelled

NA/CAC Sabre selected instead

Vickers Valetta 
via Brendan Cowan

A87 - Vickers Valetta C1

Not taken up

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Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

30 Aircraft Ordered (Cancelled in favour of Mirage IIIO)

Evaluated 1953-57 (F-104A/C)
1958-1960 F-104G

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BAC TSR-2

Cancelled in favour of General Dynamics F-111C

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Boeing B-47E/RB-47E Stratojet

12 then 24 offered as F-111C Stopgap F-4E Phantom leased instead

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North American RA-5C Vigilante

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Boeing KC-135A

A16 - Bell AH-1 Cobra (Not taken up)
                          Image via Brendan Cowan

A16 - Bell AH-1 Cobra

Order for 11 cancelled

Wamira Prototype 
Government Aircraft Factory photo
via Robert Nash

A23 - Australian Aircraft Consortium Wamira 

Order Cancelled in favour of Pilatus PC-9a

   

 

     
 

Types evaluated in program replacements but not selected

 
     
 

Mustang replacement for 77 Sqn RAAF, Korea 1950-1951
(Gloster Meteor selected)

North American F-86E Sabre

Aircraft not available

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Hawker Hunter

Evaluated 1951

     

Mustang, Meteor & Vampire Fighter Replacement 1949-1953
(NA/CAC Sabre selected)

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Grumman F9F Panther

Evaluated 1949

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CAC CA-23

Evaluated 1949-1953

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Hawker P.1052

Evaluated 1949

Hawker P1081 VX279 
via Brendan Cowan

Hawker P.1081

Evaluated 1949-1950

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Hawker Hunter F3

Evaluated 1951

C-47 Dakota Replacement 1954-1955
(Lockheed C-130A Hercules selected)

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Blackburn Beverley

Evaluated 1954-1955

Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar

Evaluated 1954-1955

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Fairchild C-123B Provider

Evaluated 1954-1955

Shorts PD.16/1

Evaluated 1954-1955

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Bristol Type 179B Freighter

Evaluated 1954-1955

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Bristol Type 195

Evaluated 1954-1955

       

EE/GAF Canberra Replacement 1963 SR36
BAC TSR-2 selected and cancelled and then GD F-111C selected

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BAC TSR-2

Order cancelled in favour of General Dynamics F-111C

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Dassault Mirage IVa

Evaluated 1963

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McDonnell Douglas F-4C/RF-4C

Evaluated 1963

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North American RA-5C Vigilante

Evaluated 1963

Light Helicopter
Bell UH-1 Iroquois selected

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Kaman Huskie

Evaluated 1959-61

Brand new Westland Wessex WA-200

Westland Wessex (HC.2?)

Evaluated 1959-61

     

CAC Winjeel Replacement
AESL/NZAI CT-4a selected

Victa Airtourer 100 VH-MFO RAAF East Sale Mid 1980's Brendan Cowan

AESL Airtourer 150

Evaluated 1969-1972

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Beagle/Scottish Aviation/BAe Bulldog

Evaluated 1969-1972

 

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Beech A23 Musketeer

Evaluated 1969

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Fuji FA-200

Evaluated

 

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SIAI-Marchetti SF.260

Evaluated 1969

 

All through Jet Trainer
CAC CA-30/MB-326H Macchi
selected

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BAC Jet Provost

Evaluated 1965

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CAC/HDH T-1

Evaluated 1965

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Canadiar CL-41/CT-114 Tutor

Evaluated 1965

Cessna T-37

Evaluated 1965

 

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Fuji T-1

Evaluated 1964-1965

 

GAF F2 All through Jet Trainer

Evaluated 1964-1965

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GAF P17

Evaluated 1965

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Potez 94
(Fouga CM.173 Super Magister)

Evaluated 1965

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Saab 105

Evaluated 1965

 

Sabre Replacement
GAF/Dassault Mirage IIIO/D selected

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English Electric Lightning

Evaluated 1959-1961

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Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

30 Aircraft Ordered
(Cancelled in favour of Mirage IIIO)

Evaluated 1953-57 (F-104A/C)
1958-1960 F-104G

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Lockheed CL-1200 Lancer

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McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom

Evaluated 1959-1961

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Northrop N-156F (F-5A)
Northrop N-156T (T-38A)

Evaluated 1958-1959

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Saab Draken

Evaluated 19xx?

       

Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune Replacement
Lockheed P-3B Orion selected

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Breguet Br.1150 Atlantic

Evaluated 196?

       

Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune Replacement
Lockheed P-3C Orion selected

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod

       

Mirage IIIO/D Replacement 1968-1981
F/A-18A/B Hornet selected

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Dassault Mirage F1

Evaluated 1971 - 1973

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Dassault Mirage 2000

Evaluated 1975

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Dassault Mirage 4000

Evaluated 1980

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General Dynamics F-16A/B
Evaluated 1975

General Dynamics F-16C/D
Evaluated 1981

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Grumman F-14A Tomcat

Evaluated 1975 -1979

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McDonnell Douglas F-15A/B Eagle

Evaluated 1973 - 1975

McDonnell Douglas F-15C/D Eagle

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Northrop YF-17 Cobra 

Evaluated 1971 - 1973

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Northrop F/A-18L

Evaluated 1975

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Panavia Tornado GR.1

Evaluated 1975 - 1978

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Saab 37 Viggen

Evaluated 1971 - 1973

 

Vampire T35 Replacement
Macchi 326H selected

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CAC CA-31

Evaluated 196?

Jet Provost

BAC Jet Provost

Evaluated 196?

     

BAe Systems Hawk 127 selected

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Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet

       

F/A-18 Replacement - Project Air 6000 New Air Combat Capability (NACC) 
Lockheed F-35A Lightning II selected

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Dassault Rafale

Evaluated 19??

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Eurofighter EF2000/Typhoon

Evaluated 19??

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McDonnell Douglas/Boeing
F-15E Strike Eagle

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Saab JAS39 Grippen

Evaluated 19??

 

 

Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter - Project Air 87
Eurocopter Tiger selected

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Augusta A129 Scorpion

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Bell AH-1Z Viper

Evaluated 19??

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Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow

Evaluated 19??

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Denel Rooivalk

Evaluated 19??

 

Heavy Air Lift Project AIR 8000 Phase 3 2000-2012
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III selected

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Airbus A400M Grizzly

Evaluated

       

Caribou Replacement & Project AIR 8000 Phase 2 Battlefield Airlift Aircraft
Alenia C-27J Spartan selected

CASA 212 Aviocar 

Evaluated

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CASA CN-235

Evaluated

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Airbus/CASA C-295

Evaluated

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DHC-4T Turbo Caribou (Conversion) 

Evaluated

De Havilland Canada DHC-5E Buffalo C-GCTC Farnborough

DHC-5 Buffalo 

Evaluated

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IPTN CN-235-330 Phoenix

Evaluated (Withdrawn 1998)

 

       
 
     
 

Other Australian Military Aircraft Designs

 
     
 

GAF F1 Jet trainer

1954

Not Taken Up

GAF Project H Supersonic Target

1957

Not taken up

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GAF Project K - Kareela

1960

Not Taken Up

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BAC/CAC AA107
Anglo-Australian Close Support/Jet Trainer

1968

Not Taken Up

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CAC Winjeel Derivatives
Four Seat, Turboprop, Jet, etc...

Various Years

Not Taken Up

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General Aircraft Corporation/CAC GAC 100

Four engine 32 Seat Transport

Not Taken Up

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CAC Wallaby

1950-1958

Not Taken Up

 


 
 
     
 

Page Authors: Brendan Cowan, Gordon Birkett & Martin Edwards

Page Updated 18th December 2018

 
     
 

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