One prototype flown on 27 June 1927. No production.
|A three-view drawing (800 x 678)|
| ENGINE||1 x 490hp Napier Lion VA|
| Wingspan||13.74 m||45 ft 1 in|
| Length||9.75 m||32 ft 0 in|
| Wing area||54.63 m2||588.03 sq ft|
| Max. speed||217 km/h||135 mph|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 4 x 50kg bombs|
The Vivid was in fact a variation of the Vixen, but I believe the plane that carried the mail with Colonel Russell and flown by Vickers test pilot Joseph "Mutt" Summers was a Vixen VI.
I have an old letter that tells of a huge party for Col Russel and mentions the Karlsruhe arriving on 'monday'
|John C Symons, 18.10.2009|
According to Flight Magazine AUGUST 29, 1929, page 912, a Vickers "Vivid" was used to fly an air mail from Oranmore, Galway, to London, mail which had been transferred from the Norddeutscher Lloyd steamer Karlsruhe at Galway. The pilot was Col C Russell of the Irish Free State Air Service.
Is this likely to be so?
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?