Vickers Vimy History
The Vickers Vimy was designed by Reginald Kirshaw Pierson for Vickers in 1917 as a long range heavy bomber in WWI but by the time the Vickers Vimy was ready to be brought into service the war was nearly ended, only three aircraft being delivered before Armistice day. Although too late for use in WWI, the Vickers Vimy was an excellent aircraft and replaced the replaced the Handley Page Type O biplane bomber. The Vimy served with the RAF until 1933 when newer enclosed cockpit biplane bombers like the Boulton Paul Sidestrand were designed.
Vickers Vimy Bomber Reliability
It is of note that the reliability and endurance of the Vickers Vimy was so good that Alcock and Brown were able to make the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in June 1919 in their Vickers Vimy. The flight began at St. John's, Newfoundland and ended at Galway, Ireland sixteen hours later, as they carried a small amount of mail they had also flown the first transatlantic airmail flight.
Vickers Vimy Atlantic Crossing Prize
A £10,000 prize for the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic Ocean was awarded to Alcock and Brown by the Daily Mail newspaper for their record breaking flight in their modified Vickers Vimy bomber and was presented to them by Winston Churchill.
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)
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)
Vickers Vimy Armament: Guns: Two .303 (7.7 mm) Lewis gun mounted singly in nose and mid-fuselage on Scarff rings. Bombs: 2,476 lb (1,123 kg) of bombs