04/12/1928 First Flight Pilot Wing Commander Lawrence Wackett,
Delivered to 1 FTS at RAAF base Point Cook after a seven-hour
cross-country flight with stops at Goulburn and Cootamundra.
31/01/1929 Christened by Mrs. Ettie Williams, the wife of the
Chief of Air Staff Richard Williams and handed over to the
Commonwealth Air Board for a series of performance, handling and
Numerous RAAF pilots were invited to test the handling of the
aircraft, including Charles Eaton, who described an alarming
incident when he was unable to recover from an intentional spin
until the last moment possible, almost resulting in the loss of
??/09/1929 it suffered from a heavy landing which damaged the
undercarriage. Due to the lack of spare parts and the cost of
repairs, the Air Board recommended that the aircraft should be
written off, the Minister for Defence giving approval for this
course of action in November.
??/11/1930 Stripped of its engine and fittings and the airframe
was disposed in a fire.
It had completed a total flying time of 40 hours and 5 minutes.
07/07/1930 First flight (Flying Officer R.H.Simms.),
??/09/1930 Delivered to No. 1 FTS and within a month it had to
be partly dismantled to repair chafing of the wires supporting
??/09/1931 Commenced Flight testing,
??/02/1932 An inspection revealed that the joint between the
front and rear sections of the fuselage had weakened and opened
??/09/1932 Repairs took 6 months but then further problems
appeared with the undercarriage so it was decided to mount the
aircraft on floats for trials as a seaplane.
The results of these trials were positive and it was found that
the Warrigal II was capable of handling rougher seas than the
smaller Moth seaplanes.
??/03/1933 After a total flying time of 37 hours and 15 minutes
the Warrigal II was unserviceable again and Wing Commander H.F.
De La Rue (C.O. of No.1 FTS) recommended its disposal.
This was approved by the Minster for Defence in July, and
following the removal of the engine and instruments the Warrigal
II was donated to Melbourne Technical College for use in the
teaching of aircraft design.