Vickers Vimy Bomber Plane
The Vickers Vimy was designed by Vickers chief designer Reginald Kirshaw Pierson to meet the UK's WW1 requirement for a night bomber capable of attacking targets deep within Germany. The Vickers Vimy first flew in November 1917 but entered active service to late to see action in WW1. The Vimy remained in RAF service in a bomber role until 1929 and was then used until 1938 as a target aircraft for training searchlight crews.
It is of note that Alcock and Brown made their record breaking non-stop Transatlantic flight in June 1919 in a ex RAF modified Vickers Vimy WW1 bomber, on their return they were presented with the Daily Mail £10,000 prize by Winston Churchill, they had flown 1890 miles non stop in 16 hours 27 minutes, at an average speed of 115 mph and used 865 gallons of fuel, Alcock piloted the Vimy for the whole record breaking flight whilst Brown navigated, the actual Vickers Vimy they used is now on display in London's Science Museum and is pictured at the bottom of this page.
The Vimy pictured above is a replica built in 1969 by Brooklands "Vintage Aircraft Flying Association" and now forms part of the WW1 display at the RAF Museum in Hendon. The Vickers Vimy pictured below is the actual aircraft used by Alcock and Brown for their record breaking Transatlantic flight and is on display in London's Science Museum.
Vickers Vimy Armament:
- Two .303 (7.7 mm) Lewis gun mounted singly in nose and mid-fuselage Scarff rings.
- 2,476 lb (1,123 kg) of bombs.
|Vickers Vimy Specifications: |
- Length: 43 ft 7 in (13.28 m)
- Wingspan: 68 ft 1 in (20.75 m)
- Height: 15 ft 8 in (4.77 m)
- Wing area: 1,330 ft² (123.56 m²)
- Empty weight: 7,104 lb (3,222 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 10,884 lb (4,937 kg)
- Engines: Twin 360 hp (268.45 kW) Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII liquid cooled V12 engines
- Maximum speed: 100 mph (161 km/h)
- Range: 900 miles (1,448 km)
- Service ceiling 7,000 ft (2,134 m)
This aircraft is Alcock and Brown's Vickers Vimy used for their 1919 record breaking Transatlantic flight
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