Aeroplane Monthly 1993-05
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P.Jarrett - By day and by night /The classic inter-war RAF biplane bombers/ (12)
The prototype Vickers Virginia long-distance bomber, two Napier "Lion" engines. It was first flown on November 24, 1922, from Brooklands by Capt Stan Cockerell.
Virginia IX J7715, showing the newly-introduced tail turret.
Vickers Virginia X J7130 fitted with Bristol Pegasus radials, circa 1934. Note the automatic slats fitted to the wings.
The prototype again, with serial number J6856 painted on the fuselage and rudders. This photograph was probably taken at Martlesham Heath during the winter of 1922-23.
A 9 Sqn Vickers Virginia X in the circuit at RAF Hendon at the time of the 1935 RAF Pageant in July. The squadron took delivery of its Mk Xs in May 1930, and by May 1936 they had been phased out and replaced by Heyford IIIs.
An atmospheric view of a Virginia X warming up its Lion engines at night on April 7, 1932 at RAF Worthy Down, the home of Nos 7 and 5 Sqn’s Virginias.
A Virginia Mk III fitted with two Napier Lions. This dual-control version had provision for a downward-firing gun in the front fuselage.
Первый британский стратегический бомбардировщик межвоенного периода Vickers Virginia состоял на вооружении с 1924 до 1937 года. На снимке: версия Mk VII, такие машины служили в 58-й эскадрилье, которой Харрис командовал в 1925 году.
Virginia IX J8236, fitted with geared Gnome-Rhone Jupiter engines, July 1928. Built originally as a Mk VII, this aircraft was later used for catapult trials with winch accelerator, and for locust spraying!
This Virginia, possibly a Mk V, has a flat upper wing and 4° dihedral on the bottom wing only.
The sole Virginia Mk VIII, J6856, fitted with Rolls-Royce Condors and “fighting tops” on the wing trailing edge only.
The Virginia VI - note equal dihedral but no sweepback on the wings.
J7427, built as a Virginia Mk V, after conversion to Mk VII with lengthened fuselage, sweptback wings and reprofiled front fuselage.
KEITH WOODCOCK’S painting depicts Virginia X K2331 of 10 Sqn over Stonehenge.
An official three-view drawing of the Lion-engined Virginia VII.