Flight, June 1931
SPECIAL TYPES AT THE DISPLAY
INTENDED as a replacement of the famous Vickers "Virginia," the Type 163 is a large four-engined night bomber, fitted with Rolls-Royce "Kestrel" engines. The engines axe mounted in tandem pairs
on "Y" struts between the wings, two engines driving tractor airscrews and two driving pusher airscrews. The machine can be used either as a bomber, in which case a crew of five is carried, and a heavy load of armament, or it can be used as a troop carrier, in which case the crew consists of four men, with room for 21 men in the cabin. The 163 is of all-metal (largely duralumin) construction. Wheel brakes are fitted, and under the tail is a castor-action tail wheel.
The Vickers 163 has a wing-span of 90 ft. (27.4 m.) and a wing area of 1,918 sq. ft. (178 m.2). The total flying weight is 25,700 lb. (11,700 kg.).
No performance figures are available.