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Vickers Vernon

Final derivative of the Vimy / Vimy Commercial was the Vickers Vernon bomber/transport used by the RAF during its policing of Iraq from 1921. Serving with Nos 45 and 70 Squadrons at Hinaidi, they not only carried out their basic task, but were used as air ambulances and played a significant role in establishing the Cairo-Baghdad airmail route. Vernon Mk I aircraft (20 built) differed little from the Vimy Commercial, but the Vernon Mk II (25) introduced 336kW Napier Lion II engines and the Vernon Mk III (10) had Lion III engines, increased fuel tankage and oleo-pneumatic landing gear. The Vernon was superseded by the Victoria from 1927.

Vickers VernonA three-view drawing (800 x 806)

Annie Barnes, e-mail, 10.01.2022 18:53

How interesting. I have the exact same photograph glued into my husband's grandad's photo album. He was at the time F.O. Cyril N Ellen DFC. The photo in my album is quite faded but I know he was in 45 Sqdn between 1921-1923 and doing the Cairo to Baghdad mail run.


Barry, 14.04.2016 15:27

Crew 3 Passengers 11
Power plant 2 x 450 h.p. Napier Lion engines ( Rolls Royce Eagle engines on some)
Span 68'1" Length 42'8" Height 13'3" Wing area 1,330 sq ft
Empty weight 7,981 lb 12,554 lb
Maximum speed 100 mph Cruising speed 75 mph Range 320 miles Service ceiling 11,700 ft


Michael Bailey, e-mail, 17.07.2013 13:32

My father served in the RAF in India, 1922 to 1927, based in Karachi,Drigh Road Airfield. I have an aerial photo of a Vickers Vernon in its role as an Air Ambulance operating in NW India.


Vernon Elkin, e-mail, 24.09.2010 16:47

Why was the name Vernon used as well as my own name I am interested in the Vernon family of Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire.


Chris Merrick, e-mail, 19.12.2009 00:23

Mt grandfather was a surveyor in India in 1922 and went on a survey over EYGPT. I have photos taken by him from one plane looking down at another Vernon flying over the Giza pyramids. Inteseting to ee what the pyramids looked like before all the mastabas etc were excavated around them.


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