Vickers Two-seat Scout 1914 port side
The attractive Vickers Two-Seat Scout tractor biplane was shown at Olympia in 1914.
The Vickers (Aviation Department) Scout biplane was displayed at the Olympia Aero Show of 1914 alongside the Vickers EFB3, which was shortly to be developed into the Vickers FB5 Gunbus (the EFB3 and FB5 are described separately).
The Vickers Scout was a single-bay tractor biplane with staggered wings that had two seats in tandem. Other than having a typical Vickers semi-circular tailplane and two cockpits, the Vickers Scout biplane had a close resemblance to the contemporary Bristol Scout design. Power was provided by a 100 hp Gnome monosoupape rotary engine.
Comparatively little is known about this design and it is not known if it was flown. If it was, it is likely that this would have been in April 1914.
With the Admiralty taking positive interest in the Vickers EFB3, the Vickers company concentrated their development efforts on the Gunbus design. Vickers Aviation stayed faithful to the pusher Gunbus configuration until well after the superiority of the tractor biplane, when fitted with synchronised forward-firing armament, had become apparent.
Vickers Two-seat Scout 1914 port rear
The Vickers Two-seat Scout was abandoned as the Company felt that the Gunbus had better prospects.

Variants & Number built

One example only, not developed


One 100 hp Gnome monosoupape rotary engine
25 ft 0 in
Maximum Weight
1,200 lb
Pilot and passenger
Maximum Speed
100 mph at sea level
350 miles




More Information

12 Default Profile Image
BAE Systems
The information shown is based on that available at the time of the content creation. If you have any additions or corrections then please contact us via email - All images BAE Systems / Ron Smith copyright unless otherwise shown.