Canadian Vickers Varuna
|Status||out of service|
|Primary user||Royal Canadian Air Force|
|Developed from||Canadian Vickers Vedette|
It was a twin-engined, unequal-span biplane. The hull was made of wood and the rest of the structure was a frame of steel tube.
Design and development
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All Varuna IIs were withdrawn in 1930. The only Varuna I was struck off in 1932
- Varuna I - with Wright Whirlwind J-6 radial engines, one built.
- Varuna II - with Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV radial engines.
Specifications (Varuna II)
Data from 
- Crew: two (+ one photographer on photographic missions)
- Capacity: four passengers
- Length: 38 ft 3 in (11.66 m)
- Wingspan: 55 ft 3 in (16.84 m)
- Height: 13 ft 9.5 in (4.204 m)
- Wing area: 715 sq ft (66.4 m2)
- Empty weight: 4,325 lb (1,962 kg)
- Gross weight: 6,315 lb (2,864 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV 7-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 180 hp (130 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 70 kn; 130 km/h (81 mph)
- Service ceiling: 7,800 ft (2,400 m)
- "Vickers Varuna". canadianwings.com. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
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