Canadian Vickers Vancouver
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It was a twin-engine, equal-span biplane. The hull was of metal and the rest of the structure was of fabric-covered wood.
The Vancouver was developed as a replacement for the Varuna in response to a Royal Canadian Air Force requirement for a flying-boat to transport men and equipment to forest fires. The main difference from the Varuna was a duralumin hull and more powerful engines. The two flight crew were located in two tandem open cockpits, forward of the wing. The main cabin could accommodate a fire-fighting team of six men and all the required equipment. Five aircraft were delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force, one was later converted into a coastal patrol aircraft.
In the mid-1930s, the Vancouvers were modified as coastal patrol aircraft by the installation of machine guns and bombs.
After the outbreak of the Second World War, Vancouvers served with 4 Squadron, RCAF at Jericho Beach Air Station until withdrawn from service in 1940. After a brief period of service in training duties, they were finally withdrawn.
- Vancouver I - prototype with Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV engines, one built.
- Vancouver II - production transport version with Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IVC engines, five built.
- Vancouver II/SW - armed coastal patrol reconnaissance aircraft with Wright Whirlwind J-6 engines, one conversion from Vancouver II.
Specifications (Vancouver IIS)
Data from RCAF.com
- Crew: 2 (9 in military Vancouvers)
- Capacity: 7 pax
- Length: 38 ft 3 in (11.66 m)
- Wingspan: 55 ft 0 in (16.76 m)
- Height: 15 ft 7 in (4.75 m)
- Wing area: 818.9 sq ft (76.08 m2)
- Empty weight: 5,966 lb (2,706 kg)
- Gross weight: 10,009 lb (4,540 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Armstrong-Siddeley Serval IV 10-cyl. double-row, air-cooled radial piston engine, 310 hp (230 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 94 mph; 82 kn (151 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 86 mph; 75 kn (138 km/h)
- Service ceiling: 4,800 ft (1,463 m)
- Guns: 3 x 0.303-in (7.7-mm) Lewis Guns (military Vancouvers only)
- Bombs: 1,000lb (450 kg) of bombs (military Vancouvers only)
- Related lists
- List of aircraft of World War II
- List of seaplanes and flying boats
- List of Interwar military aircraft
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