Title Details

Australia Has Wings

The development of aircraft manufacture in Australia under war conditions, particularly the Australian made Wirraway.
Year : 1941 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes |
Director : George Malcolm |
Royal Airforce spitfire being readied for take off, instrument panel, nose of plane, propeller turning, pilots running to board planes, climbing into cockpit, pilot closing cockpit hatch.
Access No. 42818 | 38 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
Nose of spitfire about to take off, spitfire taxiing at dawn, 3 Spitfires taking off in formation, ground to air shot 3 Spitfire flying in formation by 3 more, single plane flying.
Access No. 42819 | 18 secs | 1940s | a | © NFSA | B&W |
Air to air WS of plane plummeting to ground, air to air 2 Wirraways flying, sign ÒCommonwealth Aircraft Corp. Pty. Ltd." on door at plant at Fisherman's Bend, Victoria.
Access No. 42820 | 10 secs | 1940s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Completed Wirraway trainer, fighter and bomber inside aircraft factory. WS Wirraway outside factory, stacks of metal ingots at factory, open hearth furnace, molten metal running out of open hearth furnace into moulds.
Access No. 42821 | 25 secs | 1940s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Moulds being dipped in quenching water, worker ladling molten metal & pouring it into moulds, bandsaw cutting through metal parts for Wirraway fighter plane engine. MS pan across factory workers polishing aircraft parts by hand. WS view of factory floor.
Access No. 42822 | 47 secs | 1940s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Factory workers at machine tools making parts of the Wirraway fighter planes for the Royal Australian Air Force. CUs of milling machine, harping machine, cutting machine, angle spindle drill, zoom out from trolley load of completed cylinder heads. VS rows of skilled workers in factory doing tasks by hand.
Access No. 42823 | 34 secs | 1940s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU Churchill grinder being used to grind a crank shaft. VS grinders being used. VS man hand finishing delicate parts, measuring instruments with micrometer, master rod dipped in solution, dry ice being used for main bearing sleeve. CUs men assembling shaft.
Access No. 42824 | 1 min 14 secs | 1940s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of crank case, CUs crank case ends and pan along main assembly table containing thousands of parts used in the construction of a Pratt & Whitney single row aero engine.
Access No. 42825 | 31 secs | 1940s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS of men assembling parts, VS of newly assembled aircraft engines and track along row of completed engines. WS looking down on Wirraway assembly plant, over masses of aircraft skeletons and aircraft parts. VS men working drop hammer to pound sheet metal into shape for plane parts and MS folding press bending metal.
Access No. 42826 | 1 min 29 secs | 1940s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Track along workers at bench, MS man spot welding and track along men fitting parts on aircraft bodies and assembling wing. Various tracks and pans of factory workers hand finishing parts on planes and working on Wirraways wings. Pan across steel and alloy tubes stacked upright and MS men working with oxy acetylene welding plane parts. CUs of men working plane assemblage.
Access No. 42827 | 1 min 10 secs | 1940s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Line of partly complete planes and VS man working on fitting parts, fitting wings, fitting engines and side view of half completed plane. Wirraways ready for inspection with "Quarantine RAAF inspection" sign on plane. CUs of start propeller assemblage.
Access No. 42828 | 48 secs | 1940s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS man testing propeller blades measuring blades for accuracy and using a handkerchief for one weighting test of the propeller. MS Wing Commander Wackett seated at table with Mr A. G. Brown, Secretary Commonwealth Aircraft Corp.
Access No. 42829 | 18 secs | 1940s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Row of finished Wirraways at Wagga Training School. MS track along group of trainee pilots facing camera then walking towards planes. Pilots climb into cockpits. CU propellers turning, side view plane. Track of three Wirraways taking off and air to air shots of planes airborne. High aerial shots over squadron of Wirraways, Wirraways commencing to climb and various air to air shots.
Access No. 42830 | 1 min 30 secs | 1940s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |