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Wackett Warrigal

The Warrigal I and II were aircraft of Australian origin, conceived by Squadron Leader Lawrence James Wackett and constructed by the Experimental Section of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Randwick, New South Wales, during the latter part of the 1920s.

These aircraft were single-engine, two-seat biplanes, constructed from a combination of wood and metal materials.

Notably, the Warrigal I was the initial aircraft to be designed and constructed in Australia, in accordance with an official RAAF specification.

Warrigal I

Original 200 hp (150 kW) version designed as an advanced training aircraft with capacity for pilot and instructor.

Warrigal II

Improved 450 hp (340 kW) version designed as an army co-operation aircraft with capacity for pilot and observer/rear gunner.







25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)

Upper wingspan

36 ft 6.75 in (11.1443 m)


9 ft 11.5 in (3.035 m) to tip of propeller

Wing area

377 sq ft (35.0 m2)

Empty weight

2,148 lb (974 kg)

Gross weight

3,429 lb (1,555 kg)

Fuel capacity

40 gallons


1 × Armstrong Siddeley Lynx,

Seven-cylinder radial air-cooled engine,

200 hp (150 kW)


2-bladed wooden, 8 ft 4 in (2.54 m) diameter


Maximum speed

97 mph (156 km/h, 84 kn) at sea level


3 hours

Service ceiling

9,000 ft (2,700 m)



One fixed Vickers 0.303″ machine gun firing through the propeller arc with a magazine for 600 rounds.

Provision for one Scarff-ring mounted Lewis 0.303″ machine gun in the rear cockpit, with 2 spare magazines (97 rounds each) in the top decking of the rear fuselage.


Provision for four 20-pound bombs or one 112-pound bomb for training purposes.

A prone bomb sighting position was included in the rear cockpit.

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