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SYDNEY, february 21.
After several days of vexatious delays, ' owing to engine trouble, the Widgeon , II. made a successful trial flight at-'MaB cot this afternoon. It was a red letter
day for Wing-commander L. J. Wackett ' i
(the designer and builder of the new ' Amphibian aeroplane), and when he brought the 'machine to a standstill at
the conclusion of its first flight he was ' greeted with a shower of congratulations. At 5 o'clock Wing-Commander Wackett! an engineer, and a mechanic, with para- chutes adjusted, hopped into the machine, which was swung round and taxied down the aerodrome. At the western end she was swung round against the wind, which was blowing from the south-east. With a roar from the engine the machine'sped across the aerodrome for a couple of hun-
dred yards, and then lose into the air. ' She climbed very quickly to about 2000 ft., and appeared to ride perfectly at this height. ' After being in the air for about five minutes she glided gracefully to earth .again, and a perfect, landing was
In an interview, Wing-Commander 'Wackett expressed his delight and satis-
faction with the way the machine had ; behaved. He said that the whole time he was in the air he was doing net less than 00 miles an hour. She cli_*cd very ¡fast, and was extremely easy to fly. Asked how she compared with the original Widgeon I., Wing-Commander Wackett re- plied that she v\as very much faster. He added that he hopes to get a greater num-
ber of revolutions out of the Siddeley- - Jaguar engine in the new machine. Wid- geon II. will be given further test« to-