LJW7 Gannet
Role Airliner
National origin Australia
Manufacturer Tugan Aircraft
Designer Lawrence Wackett
First flight 1935
Number built 8
Developed from Cockatoo Dockyard Codock

The Tugan LJW7 Gannet, also known later as the Wackett Gannet after its designer Lawrence Wackett, was a small twin-engined airliner built by Tugan Aircraft in Australia in the 1930s.[1][2] It was the first Australian-designed aircraft to enter series production. It was also the first Australian-designed and built aircraft to be taken on strength (put into operational service) by the Royal Australian Air Force.

Design and development

The Gannet was a strut-braced, high-wing monoplane of conventional design, with twin engines mounted in nacelles on the wings. The undercarriage was of fixed, tailwheel configuration with divided main units. The wings were of wooden construction, skinned in plywood, and the fuselage was built from welded steel covered in fabric.[1] The prototype Gannet underwent flight testing in October 1935, and was destroyed in a crash shortly thereafter.[3][4] The pilot and passengers perished in the ensuing fire,[4] but despite this, the Gannet entered series production.

The type was operated by Butler Air Transport between Sydney and Broken Hill[1][5] and at least one flew with Ansett Airways in 1943.[6] RAAF Gannets saw service as survey aircraft[7] between 1935 and 1942 when they were converted into air ambulances for the newly-formed No.2 Air Ambulance Unit.[8] The last RAAF Gannets were scrapped in 1946.[8]




Data from "A14 Wackett Gannet"

General characteristics


See also

Related lists


  1. ^ a b c Watkins 1961, p.600
  2. ^ Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering 1988, p.498
  3. ^ Piper, Bob. "Solving a 1935 mystery". hwww.townandcountrymagazine.com.au. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b Mattingley 2007, p.10
  5. ^ "GANNET DELAYED". Barrier Miner. Vol. XLVIII, no. 14, 504. New South Wales, Australia. 29 January 1936. p. 2. Retrieved 13 October 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Gerhardt 1961. p.678
  7. ^ Wilson 2006, 41
  8. ^ a b "A14 Wackett Gannet"