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Canadian Vickers Vancouver

 The Canadian Vickers Vancouver was a Canadian transport/patrol flying boat of the 1930s.

It was a twin-engine, equal-span biplane.

The hull was of metal and the rest of the structure of fabric-covered wood.

The Vancouver was developed as a replacement for the Varuna in response to a Royal Canadian Air Force requirement for a flying boat to transport men and equipment to forest fires.

The main difference from the Varuna was a duralumin hull and more powerful engines.

The two flight crew were located in two tandem open cockpits, forward of the wing.

The main cabin could accommodate a firefighting team of six men and all the required equipment.

Five aircraft were delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force, one was later converted into a coastal patrol aircraft.

In the mid-1930s, the Vancouvers were modified as coastal patrol aircraft by the installation of machine guns and bombs.

After the outbreak of the Second World War, Vancouvers served with 4 Squadron, RCAF at Jericho Beach Air Station until withdrawn from service in 1940.

After a brief period of service in training duties, they were finally withdrawn and struck off in 1940.

None of the aircraft saw service after 1940, one private offer to acquire was denied.


Vancouver I

prototype with Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV engines, one built.

Vancouver IA

designation of prototype after installation of Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IVC engines.

Vancouver II

Production transport version with Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IVC (three aircraft) or Wright J-6 Whirlwind (two aircraft) engines, five built.

Vancouver IIS/S

Conversion of three Lynx-powered Vancouver IIs to “service standard” with three Lewis gun cockpits for coastal patrol, powered by Armstrong Siddeley Serval IV engines.

Vancouver IIS/W

Service standard conversion of two Wright J-6 Whirlwind powered Vancouver IIs.


Vancouver IIS/W




37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)


55 ft 0 in (16.76 m)


15 ft 7 in (4.75 m)

Wing area

772 sq ft (71.7 m2)


Clark Y

Empty weight

5,159 lb (2,340 kg)

Gross weight

7,606 lb (3,450 kg)


2 × Wright J-6 Whirlwind 9-cyl, air-cooled radial piston engine,

300 hp (220 kW) each.


2-bladed Standard steel fixed-pitch propellers


Maximum speed

94 mph (151 km/h, 82 kn)

Cruise speed

86 mph (138 km/h, 75 kn)

Alighting speed

45 mph (39 kn; 72 km/h)

Service ceiling

15,000 ft (4,600 m) plus

Rate of climb

565 ft/min (2.87 m/s)



3 x 0.303 in (7.70 mm) Lewis guns.


1,000 lb (450 kg) of bombs.

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