Designed by Howard Flanders as an airship destroyer, for which purpose it had an elevated gunner's station, or "fighting top", mounted on the centre section of the upper wing, the F.B.11 flew in late November 1916. Carrying a crew of three, including two gunners each provided with a 7.7mm Lewis gun, the F.B.11 was powered by a 250hp Rolls-Royce Mk III 12-cylinder water-cooled engine - later to be named Eagle. The F.B.11 proved to be deficient in lateral control and the first prototype eventually crashed and was written off, a second example never being completed as, in the meantime, it had been realised that the entire concept of the large airship destroyer was fundamentally unsound.
|A three-view drawing (800 x 310)|
| Take-off weight||2238 kg||4934 lb|
| Empty weight||1515 kg||3340 lb|
| Wingspan||15.54 m||51 ft 0 in|
| Length||13.10 m||43 ft 0 in|
| Height||4.16 m||14 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||78.50 m2||844.97 sq ft|
| Max. speed||154 km/h||96 mph|
| Ceiling||3355 m||11000 ft|
|MIchael Wuyek, 22.12.2014|
Looking for quality photos of the Vickers FB.11. Currently building a model and doing an article or Windsock magazine. Thank you
it had been realised that the entire concept of the large airship destroyer was fundamentally unsound.
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