Vickers Varsity


1st Flight 1949

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


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)


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


The Vickers Varsity was a British twin-engined 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-engined 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.

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