A71 Noorduyn Norseman
The Canadian Noorduyn company designed and built the Norseman in the 1930s as a rugged bush utility transport. Fourteen of these 10-seat aircraft were supplied to the RAAF in late 1943 (A71-1 to 14) and served with Nos 1(at Essendon), 2 (Mascot), 4 (Archerfield), 5 (Garbutt) and 7 (Pearce) Communications Units. By the war's end, six had been written off or reduced to components, and the remainder were sold to civilian operators between 1947 and 1950.
TECHNICAL DATA: Noorduyn Norseman
Ten-seat utility transport
One 600 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine
Empty 2059 kg (4540 lb); loaded 3357 kg (7400 lb).
Wingspan 15.75 m (51 ft 8 in); Length 9.85 m (32 ft 4 in); Height 3.12 m (10 ft 3 in).
Max Speed 249 km/h (135 kt); Cruise speed 227 km/h (122 kt) Ceiling 17,000 ft (5181 m); Range 747 km (403 nm).