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Canadian Vickers Varuna
The Canadian Vickers Varuna was a Canadian flying boat of the 1920s built by Canadian Vickers as a twin-engined, unequal-span biplane, with a wooden hull and steel tube structure.
The Varuna was developed in response to a Royal Canadian Air Force requirement for a flying boat to transport men and equipment to forest fires.
It was a large-scale twin-engined version of the Vedette.
Most Varunas spent their service in Manitoba operating in their intended role; all Varuna IIs were withdrawn in 1930 and the sole Varuna I was struck off in 1932.
Powered with the Wright J-6 Whirlwind radial engines, one built.
Powered with Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV radial engines.
36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)
55 ft 1 in (16.8 m)
47 ft 4 in (14.42 m)
13 ft 9 in (4.19 m)
715 sq ft (66.4 m
3,369 lb (1,528 kg)
5,299 lb (2,404 kg)
90 imp gal (110 US gal; 410 L) in two wing tanks,
60 imp gal (72 US gal; 270 L) ferry tank in the hull
2 × Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV,
7-cyl air-cooled radial piston engine,
187 hp (139 kW) each
82 kn (94 mph, 151 km/h)
44 mph (38 kn; 71 km/h)
14,000 ft (4,300 m)
Time to altitude
5,000 ft (1,500 m) in 9 minutes
7.4 lb/sq ft (36 kg/m
0.0377 hp/lb (0.0620 kW/kg).
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