Vickers Vimy

Designed late in World War I as a strategic bomber, the Vickers FB.27 Vimy had excellent handling and impressive lifting capacity for its size, carrying a 2,476lb bombload. It entered service with the RAF
too late for active participation in the war, but was rescued from obscurity by two record-breaking long-distance flights in 1919.
On 14-15 June 1919 pilot Captain John Alcock and navigator Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in a modified Vimy. Taking off From St John’s. Newfoundland, they landed in a bog in County Galway, Ireland, after a flight lasting 16 hours and 27 minutes. The achievement won them a prize of £10.000 from the Daily Mail, and knighthoods.
Then, between 12 November and 10 December, Australian brothers, Captain Ross Smith and Lieutenant Keith Smith, with two crew members, completed the first flight from Britain to Australia. Setting out in a Vimy from Hounslow, Middlesex, they flew the 11,294 miles to Darwin in hours and 55 minutes’ fliying time, winning a £10,000 prize from the Australian government, and knighthoods. Late in the Vimy’s service life, some were used to train parachutists, who were carried alofl standing on small platforms behind the outermost rear struts.

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