Air International 1995-09
Fighter A to Z
The Type 161 as modified for service trials, with added fin area. The configuration appeared to be an archaic throw-back to Vickers World War 1 fighters.
The Villiers II was unusual in having a watertight hull-type fuselage to allow it to alight on water in emergency.
The Villiers V, a two-seat night fighter, was tested in 1926.
SWIFT POISON: The Vickers Venom single-seater fighter with Bristol Aquila sleeve-valve engine.
The Venom, derived from the Type 151, was Vickers' first fighter to feature a retractable undercarriage.
Features of the Type 432, Vickers' last fighter, were a pressure cabin and six-cannon armament.