Vickers No 7 Monoplane

The most powerful of the Vickers Monoplanes with a 100 hp Gnome rotary engine.
Vickers No 7 monoplane left side view The No 7 monoplane sat two in tandem and was powered by a 100 hp Gnome rotary engine.
 
The Vickers No.7 Monoplane returned to the same configuration as the No.5 Monoplane. It accomodated the two occupants, seated in tandem and featured two-skids and a four-wheel undercarriage as used on the earlier machines. Power was provided by a 100 hp Rolls-Royce Gnome rotary engine driving a three-blade propeller.
 
The tail surfaces were again modified, with a fixed fin ahead of a re-shaped, unbalanced rudder. The Gnome engine was supported by a front mounting, with the upper part of the engine being cowled, presumably to prevent hot oil being thrown into the face of the front seat occupant.
 
The Vickers No.7 Monoplane was flown for the first time by Robert Barnwell at Brooklands on 1st January 1913. However, this aircraft was later reported to have been turned over by a student pilot on 4th October 1913, after which nothing more is heard of it. It is assumed that the company decided not to repair it for further use.
 
Vickers No 7 monoplane right front view The No 7 monoplane showing its three-blade propeller and four-wheel undercarriage.
 

Variants & Numbers


One only, in use from January to October 1913
 

Specification


Powerplant
One 100 hp Gnome rotary engine
Span
34 ft 6 in
Maximum Weight
1,200 lb
Capacity
Pilot and passenger
Maximum Speed
70 mph
Range
350 miles
 

Survivors


No examples of this type survive.

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