Vickers F.B.27A Vimy

Flight Notes - how to fly the Vickers F.B.27A Vimy

Not as famous as airplanes like the Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the DC–3, the Vimy nonetheless earned its place in history with some remarkable flights. In 1919 Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown, crossed the Atlantic in a Vimy from Newfoundland to Ireland. The same year Captain Ross Smith and Lieutenant Keith Smith flew a Vimy from England to Australia (recreated in 1994 by Experimental Aircraft Association members). In 1920 Colonel Pierre van Ryneveld and Captain Christopher Quinton Brand piloted a Vimy to South Africa from England (recreated in 1999 by EAA members). In those days, they may as well have been traveling to the moon.

The Vimy is a massive airplane for the size of its control surfaces. Keep in mind that when you want to maneuver, there is a delay between pilot input and airplane response. For example, if you're correcting direction on the ground, you put in some rudder and wait, but then release the rudder before the airplane starts turning—it's that slow. If you wait to see the result of a control input before you relax the input, you'll over-control.

In the air, the Vimy requires constant attention to remain in straight and level flight. The big airplane tends to turn left, and will keep turning in an intentional left turn if you release the wheel. Keep a handle on the airplane to make it go where you want it to go.


U.S. Metric
Maximum Speed 100 knots 161 km per hour
Cruise Speed 70 knots 98 km per hour
Engine Two Rolls-Royce Eagle VIIIs, 360 horsepower each
Propeller Four-bladed, fixed pitch, wood
Maximum Range 900 miles 1,448 km
Service Ceiling 8,000 feet 2,438 meters
Fuel Capacity 865 gallons 3,273 liters
Empty Weight 7,000 pounds 3,175 kilograms
Maximum Gross Weight 13,300 pounds 6,033 kilograms
Length 43 feet, 7 inches 13.27 meters
Wingspan 68 feet, 1 inches 20.75 meters
Height 15 feet, 7-˝ inches 4.76 meters
Seating 2