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Vickers F.B.5

F.B.5, Hendon
F.B.5, Hendon

Production Details

Design Company:

Vickers Ltd, Crayford

First Flight:

July 1914

Preproduction:

6 - Vickers

F.B.5:

119 - Vickers
99 - Darracq, France
6 - Nielson, Denmark

Type Specification

Applies to:

Vickers F.B.5

Type:

Two seat fighting biplane

Wing:

Two bay biplane with unstaggered, unswept, equal span wings of wooden construction. Ailerons on all four wings

Fuselage:

Fuselage mounted on lower wing of steel tube frame with fabric covering

Tail Unit:

Tail carried on four booms from wing structure. Tailplane on upper booms with rudder between upper and lower booms

Landing Gear:

Crossaxle type main gear fitted on twin skids. Tail skid

Power Plant:

One 100 hp Gnome Monosoupape nine cylinder air cooled rotary engine at rear of nacelle driving a two blade pusher propeller

Accommodation:

Tandem open cockpits with gunner in front and pilot behind

Armament:

One Vickers gun on mount in front of gunner

Dimensions

Span:

36 ft 6 in

Length:

27 ft 2 in

Height:

11 ft

Wing Area:

382 sq ft

Weights

Empty:

1,220 ft

Gross:

2,050 ft

Performance

Max Speed:

70 mph at 5,000 ft

Climb:

5,000 ft in 16 min

Service Ceiling:

9,000 ft

Range:

250 miles

Preserved in British Museums

F.B.5 Replica:

2345 - RAF Museum, Hendon - Display

Web Sites

http://www.rcaf.com/aircraft/fighters/gunbus/index.php?name=gunbus


Page Created: 21 August 2004

Last Update: 12 May 2007

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