Aeroplane Monthly 1993-06
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O.Thetford - By day and by night: Ginnies in service 1
A loose formation of Virginia Xs on exercise. By the time Virginia production ceased in December 1932, the RAF had received 124 aircraft of which 50 were Mk Xs.
Virginia Xs of 58 Sqn, with K2676 in the foreground. It was finally struck off RAF charge in 1938.
Virginia X J7711 of 9 Sqn. In mid-1934 it passed to 500 Sqn.
A LINE-UP: Six Vickers "Virginia" night bombers (twin Napier "Lions") of No. 502 (Ulster) (Bomber) Squadron at Aldergrove Aerodrome.
An impressive line-up of Virginia Xs of 502 (Ulster) Squadron at RAF Aldergrove in November 1933.
An evocative view of a Virginia X under full sail. The 87ft 8in-span bomber normally carried a pilot, navigator and two gunners. Two 580 h.p. Napier Lion VBs gave the biplane a maximum speed of 108 m.p.h. at 5,000ft and a ceiling of 15,530ft.
A classic view taken from the tail turret of a Virginia high over cloud on an evening flight.
Virginia night bombers taking off en masse from RAF Hendon on the occasion of the 1928 Royal Air Force Display.
Virginia J7438 of 500 Sqn was built as a Mk V, became a VI in 1925, a Mk VII in 1927, a Mk IX later the same year and in 1930 was upgraded to Mk X.
The view from the pilot’s cockpit of a Virginia X across the nose gunner’s position. This photograph was taken at RAF Hendon during the rehearsal for the 1935 RAF Pageant.
Virginia IX J7716 flew with Nos 7, 58 and 9 Sqns and was originally built as a Mk VI.
Vickers Virginia
Vickers Virginia squadron colours