Vickers Type 432

1st Flight 1942

The Vickers Type 432 was a British high-altitude fighter aircraft developed by the Vickers group during the Second World War.

Intended to enable the Royal Air Force to engage the enemy’s high-altitude bomber aircraft, it was to be armed with six cannons.

One only built.

Specifications

Crew: 1

Length: 39 ft 3 in (11.96 m)

Wingspan: 56 ft 10+1⁄2 in (17.336 m)

Height: 13 ft 9 in (4.19 m)

Wing area: 450 sq ft (42 m2)

Empty weight: 16,373 lb (7,427 kg)

Max take-off weight: 20,168 lb (9,148 kg)

Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Merlin 61 liquid-cooled V12 engines, 1,520 hp (1,130 kW) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 380 mph (610 km/h, 330 kn) at 15,000 ft (4,600 m)

Range: 1,500 mi (2,400 km, 1,300 nmi)

Service ceiling: 38,000 ft (12,000 m)

Rate of climb: 2,750 ft/min (14.0 m/s)

Armament

Guns: 6× 20 mm Hispano cannon in a ventral gondola.

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