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The roots of the Vincent can be traced back to another Vickers aircraft the Vildebeest. With a top speed of only 142 mph the type was obsolete when the Second World War started. Despite this the Vickers Vincent would still be pressed into service.

Quick Facts
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First flight
24th November 1932
Entered service
December 1934
Total built

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The Air Ministry were looking to replace the Westland Wapiti and Fairey IIIF and during 1932 and 1933 a converted Vickers Vildebeest had made a tour of the Middle East and Africa visiting Royal Air Force stations there. As a result of the converted Vildebeest showing its suitability, Specification 21/33 was issued by the Air Ministry for this new aircraft. Featuring long-range fuel tanks and other changes the new aircraft was known as the Vickers Vincent.

No. 84 Squadron were the first to receive the Vincent in the latter part of 1934, after which a Vildebeest Mk II which had been converted to a Vincent under Specification 16/34 appeared at the 1935 RAF Display, Hendon on the 29th June for its first public appearance.

Despite the type being vastly outdated by newer aircraft coming into service over 80 Vickers Vincents would still be in service at the outbreak of the Second World War (1939 - 1945) and saw action in 1941 with No. 244 Squadron based in Iraq.

In total 198 Vincents appeared with 171 produced and the rest being converted Vickers Vildebeests.

Technical Details

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Top Speed Range Service Ceiling Armament
Vincent Mk I 142 mph 625 miles 19,000 ft one 0.303-in machine-gun
one Lewis gun
upto 1,000lb bombs


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