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Vickers: Viking

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1920. Vickers Viking.
1925. Vickers Vulture.

Note: This is a sub-section of Vickers Aircraft

The Vickers Viking was a British single-engine amphibious aircraft designed for military use shortly after World War I. Later versions of the aircraft were known as the Vickers Vulture and Vickers Vanellus.

1924 Probably the most interesting, certainly the most historical of the Vickers company productions was the Vulture amphibian, on which Squadron-Leader MacLaren made his courageous but unfortunate attempt to fly around the world. This machine represented the development of the firm's original Viking amphibian. The chief features of the development consisted of the improved form of hull bottom and a reduced loading on the wings. Fitted with a Napier: Lion engine, the machine had a top speed of 100 mph and a minimum speed of 49. It had a total weight of 7000 lb of which 1816 lb are available for paying load, in addition to 754 lb for the pilot and the petrol and oil.[1]

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  1. The Engineer 1925/01/02