Vickers Venture

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Venture
Vickers Venture.jpg
Role Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Vickers
First flight 3 June 1924
Primary user Royal Air Force
Number built 6
Developed from Vickers Vixen

The Vickers Type 94 Venture was a British army co-operation biplane of the 1920s, designed and built by Vickers, as a development of the Vixen. While six were built for the Royal Air Force, they were found unsuitable and were used for experimental work.

Development and design[edit]

The Venture was a further development of the Vixen II to meet the requirements of Air Ministry Specification 45/23, six aircraft being ordered. The Venture, like the Vixen which formed its basis, was a single bay biplane with a steel tube fuselage and wooden wings. It used the wings of the Vixen II with the lengthened fuselage of the Vixen III. The first Venture flew at Vickers factory at Brooklands on 3 June 1924,[1] being sent to the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Martlesham for evaluation. While demonstrating what was said to be "docile" handling,[1] further testing showed that the aircraft had poor longitudinal stability, had a long landing run and was considered too large for use in army co-operation, where it would be expected to operate out of small airstrips.[2] While it underwent brief Service trials with No. 2 Squadron, the six Ventures were relegated to experimental purposes, the final aircraft being struck off charge in January 1933.[2]

Operators[edit]

 United Kingdom

Specifications (Venture)[edit]

Data from The British Bomber since 1914 [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 32 ft 0 in (9.76 m)
  • Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in (12.20 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 3 in (4.04 m)
  • Wing area: 526 ft² (48.9 m²)
  • Empty weight: 3,140 lb (1,427 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 4,890 lb (2,223 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Napier Lion I 12-cylinder water-cooled W-block, 450 hp (336 kW)

Performance

Armament

See also[edit]

Related development
Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andrews, E.N.; Morgan, E.B. (1988). Vickers Aircraft Since 1908 (Second edition ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-85177-815-1. 
  2. ^ a b c Mason, Francis K (1994). The British Bomber since 1914. London: Putnam Aeronautical Books. ISBN 0-85177-861-5.