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The Vickers F.B.9 was a development of the Vickers F.B.5 with rounded wing-tips, a vee undercarriage, and extra room in the nose for the gunner's legs. The early models featured a rounded D-shaped nose, but later models extended the bottom fuselage further. Most F.B.9s went to training units.[3], but the first had gone to France for operational testing in January and several others were shipped over in May-June 1916 where they served over the Battle of the Somme. By 21 July 1916, they had all been withdrawn, so their operational lifetime was brief.[4]

Vickers F.B.9
Vickers F.B.9 front quarter view.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Vickers
First flight 5 Jan 1916[1]
Introduction 24 Jan 1916[2]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 95? [3]
Developed from Vickers F.B.5
Wingspan 10.3 m (33 ft 9 in) [3][2]
Engine 100hp Ghome Monosoupape or 110hp Le Rhône rotary
Armament front flexible Lewis or Vickers
Crew 2
Max Speed 127 km/h (79 mph)[2] - 134 km/h (83 mph)[3]
Climb 300 m (1,000 ft) in 2:30[3]
610 m (2,000 ft) in 5:20[3]
910 m (3,000 ft) in 7:45[3]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 19:00[3][2]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 51:00[3][2]
Ceiling 3,400 m (11,000 ft)[3]
Endurance 5:00 [3][2]

Around 75 were delivered as trainers, a role they played into 1918.[4]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Vickers F.B.5.

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Citations
  1. Bruce'94, p.22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Bruce'94, p.27.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Bruce'69, p.670.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bruce'94, p.26.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • J.M.Bruce and G.S.Leslie, R.L. Rimell, ed., "Vickers FB9". Windsock International, Vol.10, No.6 Nov/Dec 1994. UK: Albatros Publications Ltd.