(c/n and serial unknown)
image, and that at the foot of the page are from an old album
discovered by Margaret
Picard of Townsville, Queensland. They were probably taken
at RAAF Richmond, circa 1928.
and depict the one and only Wackett Widgeon Mk
II. This aircraft was a follow on development
of the earlier Mk I, which mysteriously
(and unofficially) bore the spurious registration G-AEKB
after the then
Defence, E.K. Bowden . The
Widgeon II, whose
design had been
sponsored by the
RAAF, appeared never to have carried a serial number, although it did
number '20' on the
fin and under the wings as seen in Margaret's photographs.
It crashed into
Port Phillip Bay, Victoria
in January 1930 and further development of
this type was abandoned.
The shot immediately below is from the
Roy Maddon collection (via Jim Turner), and was also
taken at RAAF
Richmond. Jim suggests that the aircraft was probably
undergoing radial engine
tests at the time.