Vickers Type 279 Venom

Specifications

1st Flight 1936

Crew: one

Length: 24 ft 2 in (7.37 m)

Wingspan: 32 ft 9 in (9.98 m)

Height: 10 ft 9 in (3.28 m)

Wing area: 146 sq ft (13.6 m2)

Gross weight: 4,156 lb (1,885 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Aquila AE-3S 9-cylinder sleeve valve radial , 625 hp (466 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 312 mph (502 km/h, 271 kn) at 16,500 ft (5,000 m)

Service ceiling: 32,000 ft (9,800 m)

Rate of climb: 3,000 ft/min (15 m/s)

Armament

8 × 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns

Variants

The Vickers Type 279 Venom was a British low-wing monoplane single-seat, single-engined, eight-gun fighter, powered by a radial engine.

It was fast and manoeuvrable, its engine lacked the power and development potential of a Rolls-Royce Merlin, it and other designs built to the same specification which included the Bristol Type 146, Gloster F.5/34, and Martin-Baker MB 2, were all passed over, and only one Venom was built.

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