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Canadian Vickers Varuna

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The Canadian Vickers Varuna was a Canadian flying-boat of the 1920s built by Canadian Vickers.

It was a twin-engined, unequal-span biplane. The hull was of wood and the rest of the structure was a frame of steel tube.

Design and development

The Varuna was developed in response to an 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.

Operational history

Most Varunas spent their service in Manitoba operating in their intended role.

All Varuna IIs were withdrawn in 1930. The only Varuna I was struck off in 1932


Specifications (Varuna II)

Data from[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (+1 photographer on photographic missions)
  • Capacity: 4 passengers
  • Length: 38 ft 3 in (11.66 m)
  • Wingspan: 55 ft 3 in [2] (16.84 m,)
  • Height: 13 ft 9.5 in (4.20 m)
  • Wing area: 715 ft² (66.42 m²)
  • Empty weight: 4,325 lb (1,963 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 6,315 lb (2,867 kg)
  • Powerplant:Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV radial engine, 180 hp (134 kW) each
  • Propellers: two bladed propeller, 1 per engine


See also

Comparable aircraft

Designation sequence
Vedette - Varuna - Vancouver


  2. lower-plane 47 ft 4.5 in (14.44 m)

External links

Template:Canadian Vickers aircraft


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