Wackett Widgeon

The Wackett Widgeon seaplanes were built by the Experimental Section of the RAAF at Randwick, NSW during the mid- to late-1920s.

They were single-engine amphibious biplanes of wooden construction.

Although only two were built, they featured in several newsworthy aviation events of the time.

Variants

Widgeon I

Original version with capacity for two crew and four passengers.

Widgeon II

Improved and enlarged version with capacity for two crew and six passengers.

Specifications

Crew

One

Capacity

Three

Length

29 ft 6.75 in (9.0107 m)

Upper wingspan

29 ft 3.75 in (8.9345 m)

Lower wingspan

29 ft 3.75 in (8.9345 m)

Height

14 ft 0.75 in (4.29 m) to tip of propeller

Wing area

424.3 sq ft (39.42 m2)

Empty weight

2,900 lb (1,315 kg)

Gross weight

3,960 lb (1,796 kg)

Fuel capacity

44 gallons

Powerplant

1 × ADC Nimbus 6-cylinder inline water-cooled engine, 300 hp (220 kW)

Propellers

4-bladed wooden, 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) diameter

Performance

Maximum speed

103 mph (166 km/h, 90 kn) at sea level

Endurance

3 hours

Service ceiling

11,000 ft (3,353 m).

 

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