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The biplane aircraft Westland Wapiti with a maximum speed of 362 km/hr was inducted into the IAF on 1 April 1933. Fitted with two machine guns, it could carry a load of 263 kg. Four Wapitis, each believed to have been procured for 10 pounds each, formed the A Flight of 1 Squadron commanded by Flight Lieutenant C.A. Bouchier of the Royal Air Force.