Air Enthusiast 2006-05
A.Ord-Hume - Three? One? Two? /Airliners and air services/
The Mk.l with three Jupiters but without Townend rings.
The single-engined Mk.VI wearing the Vickers’ 'B Condition’ markings O-6.
First flight of Viastra II VH-UOO at Brooklands. Note the triangular fin is uncovered and is merely a pylon to support the elevators.
Before painting, G-ACCC reveals its somewhat snub nose, as well as the triangular fin.
Этот G-ACCC - единственный построенный Viastra X, двухмоторный самолет для Принца Уэльского. Крыло имело размах 21,34 м и оснащалось большими закрылками.
G-ACCC in its finished livery, showing details of the Handley Page slots, engine mounting and Townend rings, as well as the curious linkages of the tail assembly.
The Pegasus-powered G-ACCC at Tilton. A Bristol security officer standing next to it shows its scale.
Passengers at Ceduna ready to board. Note that the engine covers are still on, as is the all important propeller cover.
The first Type 198 Viastra Mk.II in Australian markings as VH-VOO at Brooklands in 1930 before shipment to Fremantle.
Viastra I G-AAUB seen after conversion to Type 220, with three Jupiter VIFMs, the outer ones fitted with Townend rings. Note the long exhaust pipes to the nose engine, and the triangular fin.
The Jupiter-powered Mk.VI with one Bristol IXF, with Supermarine's 'trade-plate' markings N-I. The two push-rods which operate the one-piece upper elevator are clearly shown either side of the triangular fin.
Prototype Viastra G-AAUB re­engined as a twin to form the Type III, with low-mounted Jaguar VICs. Note the long drag strut to the rear lift strut.
The Mk.I, now as a Type 220 Mk.VIII, fitted with three Bristol Jupiter VIFMs. The wing-mounted engines are slung lower than in earlier versions.
The crash of VH-UOM pictured the following day, by which time two 50-gallon oil drums have appeared to drain off fuel.