Vickers Two-Seat
Scout Biplane

An attractive two seat tractor biplane fighter, reminiscent of a two-seat Bristol Scout.
Vickers Two-seat Scout 1914 port side The attractive Vickers Two-Seat Scout tractor biplane was shown at Olympia in 1914.
 
The Vickers Aviation 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 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 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 & Numbers


One example only, not developed
 

Specification


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

Survivors


No examples of the Vickers 1914 two-seat Scout Biplane survive.

 

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