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The Vickers F.B.19 was a British single-seat scout of the First World War. It was a single-engine, single-bay, unstaggered equal-span biplane.

Development

The F.B.19 was designed by G H Challenger and first flew in August 1916. It was ordered by the War Officemarker for the RFC.

Operational history

Fifty F.B.19s were built and six were sent to France for operational evaluation. They were found to be unsuitable for the fighting conditions then evolving. A number of F.B.19s were sent to Russia. Those which were still crated on the dockside were destroyed by the Royal Navy after the Revolution but some were used by the Bolshevik forces.

Twelve examples of the Mk II, with staggered mainplanes and a 110-hp (82-kW) Le Rhône or Clerget engine, were built. Several were sent to the Middle East in a batch of twelve F.B.19s. From June 1917, these operated in Palestine and Macedonia but they were not popular and no squadron was fully equipped with the type.

Variants

  • F.B.19 Mk I : Single-seat fighter-scout biplane, powered by a 100-hp (75-kW) Gnome Monosoupapa or a 110-hp (82-kW) Le Rhone rotary piston engine.
  • F.B.19 Mk II : Single-seat fighter-scout biplane, powered by a 110-hp (82-kW) Clerget or a Le Rhone rotary piston engine.


Operators



Specifications (F.B.19)

See also

References



  • Bruce, J.M. War Planes Of The First World War: Volume Three Fighters. London: Macdonald, 1969. ISBN 0 356 01490 8.


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