The Vickers Vildebeest and the similar Vickers Vincent were two very large two- to three-seat single-engine British biplanes designed and built by Vickers and used as light bombers, torpedo bombers and in army cooperation roles.
First flown in 1928, it remained in service at the start of the Second World War, with the last Vildebeests flying against Japanese forces over Singapore and Java in 1942.
Prototype built at Weybridge with a Jupiter VII engine.
Prototype modified as a Series II with a Jupiter XF engine.
Prototype modified as a Series III with a Jupiter XIF engine.
Second private venture prototype as Series IV later to Air Ministry
Prototype modified as a Series V with a Jupiter XIF engine.
Prototype modified as a Series VI with a Jupiter XFBM engine.
Prototype Series VII modified with an Hispano-Suiza 12Lbr engine and flown with floats.
Second prototype to have been modified to Series VII but not converted.
Vildebeest Mark I Type 244
Initial production version, a two-seat torpedo-bomber powered by a 600 hp (448 kW) Bristol Pegasus IM3 engine.
22 built for the RAF between 1922 and 1933.
Vildebeest Mark II Type 258
Variant with more powerful (635 hp (474 kW)) Pegasus IIM3 engine.
30 built for RAF and delivered 1933.
Vildebeest Mark III Type 267
Three seat torpedo-bomber.
150 built for RAF, delivered 1935–36.
15 ex-RAF aircraft (including one converted Mark II) diverted to RNZAF later.
Twelve aircraft with folding wings and the ability to carry drop tanks for RNZAF delivered in 1935.
Vildebeest Mark IV Type 286
Two seat version powered by 825 hp (615 kW) Bristol Perseus engine.
Eighteen built for RAF, 12 of which were sold to New Zealand.
Type 245 Vildebeest Series IX
Torpedo bomber for Spanish Navy, powered by 600 hp (448 kW) Hispano-Suiza 12L water cooled V-12 engine.
First prototype Vildebeest modified to this standard and flew in this form in June 1930, with 26 licence built in addition to the prototype.
One Vildebeest I modified with a Pegasus 1M3 engine.