Aviator inducted into hall of fame
THE father of the Australian aircraft industry whose pioneering approach left a legacy still seen in the skies has been inducted into the 2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame.
Townsville- born Sir Lawrence Wackett has been honoured for his contribution to aviation.
Sir Lawrence, who died in 1982, was knighted for his services to aviation in 1954. He was recognised with a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in Egypt in World War I.
After the war, Sir Lawrence became an aeronautical engineer and was appointed general manager and chief designer of the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, employing 10,000 staff. The corporation produced more than 1700 planes and Sir Lawrence was instrumental in the design of the nearly 450 Wackett trainers ( named after him) and Boomerang fighters used during World War II and helped produce other aircraft including the Woomera bomber, RAAF Mustang and CAC Sabre – the first aircraft in Australia to break the sound barrier.
Now in its seventh year, the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame is a joint initiative between QUT Business School, State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Library Foundation. It celebrates those organisations and individuals who have enhanced the state’s reputation and economy.