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Wing Tips - Plastic, circa 1941 Object Reg. No: ST 022075

Summary:
Two samples of the first plastic aeroplane components produced in Australia during World War II. The process was invented and produced by Frederick L. Cooke & Williams Pty Ltd of 40-68 Mollison Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne. The first sample is the outer skin only and the second is complete with spars and reinforcing added. It was intended to be applied to wings, ailerons, rudders, and elevators of aeroplanes. This phenol formaldehyde process was intended to provide a stronger, lighter material which did not involve use of strategic material such as aluminium.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Fredrick Cooke, 1944
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: aeroplane components, plastics, phenol formaldehyde
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Plastics & Polymers
Tertiary Classification: manufacturing processes
Maker: Mr Fredrick Cooke, Australia, 1940-1944

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