Vickers F.B.8
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Vickers F.B.8

Although possessing a superficial resemblance to the F.B.7, the F.B.8, designed in the autumn of 1915 by Rex K Pierson, was a very much smaller, lightly-armed two-seat fighter carrying only a single 7.7mm Lewis gun as armament. Powered by two 100hp Gnome Monosoupape rotaries, the F.B.8 began flight testing in November 1915, and performance proved to be good. The gunner was accommodated in the extreme nose and the pilot was seated beneath the trailing edge of the upper wing. From the outset, it was obvious that the armament carried by the F.B.8 could equally well be accommodated by a smaller, single-engined aircraft, but it had been hoped that an appreciably higher performance could be obtained by doubling the power available. Insufficient attention had been paid to the drag of such an aircraft, however, and performance proved lower than had been anticipated. Furthermore, the aircraft was insufficiently manoeuvrable for fighting duties and was discontinued.

Vickers F.B.8A three-view drawing (1280 x 900)

    Take-off weight1225 kg2701 lb
    Empty weight835 kg1841 lb
    Wingspan11.68 m38 ft 4 in
    Length8.58 m28 ft 2 in
    Height3.00 m10 ft 10 in
    Wing area43.48 m2468.01 sq ft
    Max. speed158 km/h98 mph
    Ceiling4270 m14000 ft

, 20.06.2011

Vickers F.B.8

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