Vickers Varsity

The Vickers Varsity was a British twin-engine crew trainer operated by the Royal Air Force from 1951 to 1976.

The Varsity was developed by Vickers and based on the Viking and Valetta to meet Air Ministry Specification T.13/48 for a twin-engine training aircraft to replace the Wellington T10 and the Valetta T3 and T4.

The main differences were the wider-span wings, longer fuselage and tricycle undercarriage.

There was also a ventral pannier to allow a trainee bomb aimer to lie in a prone position and a bomb bay with a capacity for 24 x 25lb smoke & flash bombs.

Specifications

Crew

Four

Length

67 ft 6 in (20.57 m)

Wingspan

95 ft 7 in (29.13 m)

Height

23 ft 11 in (7.29 m)

Wing area

974 sq ft (90.5 m2)

Empty weight

27,040 lb (12,265 kg)

Powerplant

2 × Bristol Hercules 264 14-cylinder radial engine, 1,950 hp (1,450 kW) each

Performance

Maximum speed

288 mph (463 km/h, 250 kn) at 10,000 feet (3,000 m)

Range

2,648 mi (4,262 km, 2,301 nmi)

Service ceiling

28,700 ft (8,700 m)

Rate of climb

1,400 ft/min (7.1 m/s)

Armament

Bombs

600 pounds (270 kg) practice bombs in an external pannier.

 

 

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