Vickers R.E.P. Type Monoplane

The Vickers R.E.P. Type Monoplanes were a series of single engine monoplane aircraft built by Vickers prior to the outbreak of the First World War.

They were developed from a French design for which Vickers had purchased a license, with eight being built.

The first five monoplanes were basically similar, and were powered by R.E.P engines, with the fifth one having a deeper fuselage.

The sixth aircraft, built for the 1912 British Military Aeroplane Competition was noticeably different, with side-by-side seating for its two crew, a shorter wingspan (35 ft (10.67 m) rather than 47 ft 6 in (14.5 m) for the earlier aircraft), while a 70 hp (52 kW) Viale radial engine was fitted.

The seventh aircraft reverted to the tandem layout and longer wingspan of the first five aircraft, but replaced the R.E.P. engine with a 100 hp (75 kW) Gnome rotary engine, while the eighth, and final example, was similar to the sixth aircraft, with a 70–80 hp Gnome rotary.

Specifications

Crew

Two

Length

36 ft 5 in (11.10 m)

Wingspan

47 ft 6 in (14.48 m)

Wing area

290 sq ft (27 m2)

Empty weight

1,000 lb (454 kg)

Powerplant

1 × R.E.P five-cylinder air-cooled fan-type engine, 60 hp (45 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed

56 mph (90 km/h, 49 kn).

 

 

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