Vickers Type 161

1st Flight 1931

The Vickers Type 161 was an unusual 1930s pusher biplane interceptor, designed to attack aircraft from below with a single upward-angle large calibre gun.

The aircraft flew well but the concept was abandoned and only one was built.

Specifications

Crew: 1

Length: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)

Wingspan: 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)

Height: 12 ft 4 in (3.76 m)

Wing area: 270 sq ft (25 m2)

Empty weight: 2,381 lb (1,080 kg)

Gross weight: 3,350 lb (1,520 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Jupiter VIIF 9-cylinder radial engine, 530 hp (400 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 185 mph (298 km/h, 161 kn) at 10,000 ft (3,000 m)

Time to altitude: 5.8 min to 10,000 ft (3,000 m)

Armament

Guns: 1× COW 37 mm gun.

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