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Vickers FB.11


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.

Max 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 sq.m / 844.97 sq ft
Max. speed: 154 km/h / 96 mph
Ceiling: 3355 m / 11000 ft

Vickers F.B.11


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