Wackett (Tugan) Gannet

The Tugan LJW7 Gannet, also known later as the Wackett Gannet after its designer Lawrence Wackett, was a small twin-engined airliner built by Tugan Aircraft in Australia in the 1930s.

It was the first Australian-designed aircraft to enter series production.

It was also the first Australian-designed and built aircraft to be taken on strength by the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Gannet was a strut-braced, high-wing monoplane of conventional design, with twin engines mounted in nacelles on the wings.

The undercarriage was of fixed, tailwheel configuration with divided main units.

The wings were of wooden construction, skinned in plywood, and the fuselage was built from welded steel covered in fabric.

The prototype Gannet underwent flight testing in October 1935, and was destroyed in a crash shortly thereafter.

The pilot and passengers perished in the ensuing fire, but despite this, the Gannet entered series production.

RAAF Gannets saw service as survey aircraft between 1935 and 1942 when they were converted into air ambulances for the newly-formed No.2 Air Ambulance Unit.

The last RAAF Gannets were scrapped in 1946.

Specifications

Crew

One pilot

Capacity

 Six passengers

Length

10.51 m (34 ft 6 in)

Wingspan

15.85 m (52 ft 0 in)

Height

3.50 m (11 ft 6 in)

Empty weight

1,470 kg (3,234 lb)

Gross weight

2,449 kg (5,388 lb)

Powerplant

2 × de Havilland Gipsy Six , 150 kW (200 hp) each

Performance

Maximum speed

240 km/h (150 mph, 130 kn)

Range

885 km (553 mi, 481 nmi)

Service ceiling

5,180 m (17,000 ft)

Rate of climb

4.3 m/s (850 ft/min)

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