Vickers Windsor

1st Flight 1943

The Vickers Windsor was a Second World War British four-engine heavy bomber, designed by Barnes Wallis and Rex Pierson at the Vickers-Armstrongs factory at Brooklands.

Variants

Type 447

First prototype, serialled DW506, powered by four 1,315 horsepower (981 kW) Rolls-Royce Merlin 65 engines.

Type 457

Second prototype, serialled DW512, powered by four 1,635 horsepower (1,219 kW) Merlin 85 engines.

Type 461

Third prototype, serialled NK136, powered by four 1,635 horsepower (1,219 kW) Merlin 85 engines, armed with a pair of 20mm guns in each remote-controlled barbette in rear of outer engine nacelles, aimed from the unarmed tail position.

Specifications

Crew: six to seven

Length: 76 ft 10 in (23.42 m)

Wingspan: 117 ft 2 in (35.71 m)

Height: 23 ft 0 in (7.01 m)

Wing area: 1,248 sq ft (115.9 m2)

Empty weight: 38,606 lb (17,511 kg)

Gross weight: 54,000 lb (24,494 kg)

Powerplant: 4 × Rolls-Royce Merlin 65 liquid-cooled V12 engine

Performance

Maximum speed: 317 mph (510 km/h, 275 kn) at 23,000 ft (7,000 m)

Range: 2,890 mi (4,650 km, 2,510 nmi) with 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) bomb load

Service ceiling: 27,250 ft (8,310 m)

Rate of climb: 1,250 ft/min (6.4 m/s)

Armament

Guns: 4 × 20 mm cannon in remote controlled barbettes firing to rear

Bombs: about 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) of bombs.

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