Vickers Valentia

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Valentia
Vickers Valentia flying boat.jpg
Valentia (N126) at the Marine and Armament Experimental Establishment, Isle of Grain, April 1923.[1]
Role Flying boat
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Vickers-Armstrongs
First flight 5 Mar 1921
Introduction 1921
Retired 1924
Primary user Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment
Number built 3

The Vickers Valentia was a 1920s British flying boat designed during the First World War.

History[edit]

Three Valentia prototypes were built by the Vickers Company at their Barrow works (Walney Island perhaps), having been ordered in May 1918 as a potential replacement for the Felixstowe F.5. The hull was built by S.E.Saunders works at Cowes. The first of the three (Serial Number N124) first flew on 5 March 1921, when Stanley Cockerell began test-flying it over the Solent.[2] N124 was damaged on landing in June 1921 and was dismantled, the second N125 forced landed on its delivery flight on 15 March 1922[3] The third flying boat N126 was delivered in 1923 and used for trials until it was withdrawn from use in November 1924.

The name was later re-used for a transport aircraft.

Specifications (Valentia)[edit]

Technical drawing of the Vickers Valentia flying boat.jpg

Data from Vickers Aircraft since 1908 [4]

General characteristics

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 105 mph (168 km/h, 91 kn)
  • Endurance: 4 hours 30 min[6]
  • Time to: 6,000 ft (1,800 m) 9.5 min[5]

Armament

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chorlton, Martyn, ed. (2012). Aeroplane Collectors' Archive: Golden Age of Flying-boats. Kelsey Publishing Group, Cudham, Kent. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-907426-71-1. 
  2. ^ "Air Ministry's New Flying Boat", The Times, 8 March 1921
  3. ^ Wixey, Ken, "Flying Boats of the RAF: 1920s 'One-offs' ", FlyPast No. 106, Stamford, Lincs., U.K., May 1990, page 68.
  4. ^ Andrews and Morgan 1988, p.482.
  5. ^ a b "The Vickers-Saunders flying boat "Valentia"". Flight. XIII (11): 191. 17 March 1921. 
  6. ^ a b London 2003, pp.266—267.
  • Andrews, C.F and Morgan, E.B. Vickers Aircraft since 1908. London:Putnam, 1988. ISBN 0-85177-815-1.
  • London, Peter. British Flying Boats. Stroud, UK:Sutton Publishing, 2003. ISBN 0-7509-2695-3.