Father of the Australian aircraft industry. He received the Oswald Watt Gold Medal.
He served in the Australian Army and received a degree from the Royal Military College.
His name adorned The Wackett Aerospace Centre, which was focused on aerospace-related science and technology.
He grew up in Townsville, Queensland, with his family.
His impact on Australian aviation benefited Harry Houdini, who flew the first-ever airplane in Australia.