Vickers F.B.5

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Vickers F.B.5 "Gunbus"
Vickers FB.5 Gunbus 2345 G-ATVP Yvtn 09.07.66 edited-3.jpg
Role Fighter
Manufacturer Vickers
First flight Jul 1914[1]
Introduction Feb 1915
Primary users RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built ~197[2] [note 1]
Variants Vickers F.B.9
Wingspan 11.1 m (36 ft 6 in) [4][5][6]
Engine 100hp Gnome Monosoupape rotary
Armament 1 flexible Lewis
Ammo 4-7 drums of 47 rounds[7]
Crew 2
Max Speed 110 km/h (70 mph) [3][8][9][4][6]
Climb 460 m (1,500 ft) in 5:00[9]
1,500 m (5,000 ft) in 16:00[4][5][9]
2,400 m (8,000 ft) in 25:00[4]
Service Ceiling 2,700 m (9,000 ft) [5][8][9][4][6]
Endurance 4:00[8] to 4:30 [5][9][6]

The Vickers FB.5 was the world's first purpose-built fighter aircraft, serving from February 1915. At first they were parceled out sparingly to protect reconnaissance machines, but as of July 1915 they started equipping full squadrons, with six squadrons of the RFC and No.1 Squadron, RNAS. They served through mid-1916.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Vickers F.B.5.

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Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
15Q1-16Q2 XC B 11 7 8

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Notes
  1. 109 went to France, 60 in 1914 and 49 in 1916; and one to the Middle East in 1917.[3]
  2. British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.[10]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Updated card
Citations
  1. Bruce'96, p.10.
  2. Bruce'96, p.37.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bruce'69, p.660.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Lamberton, pp.216-217.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Bruce'69, p.655.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Angelucci, p.40.
  7. Kelly, p.230.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Munson, p.22.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Bruce'96, p.35.
  10. Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
Bibliography
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • J.M. Bruce, Windsock Datafile 56: Vickers FB5. Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1996. ISBN 0-948414-75-8
  • Kevin Kelly, "Belts and Drums: A Survey of First World War Aircraft Ammunition Totals". Over the Front, Vol. 5, No. 3, Autumn 1990. Walsworth Publishing Co, Inc. and The League of World War I Aviation Historians.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Kenneth Munson, Fighters 1914-19, Attack and Training Aircraft. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1976. ISBN 0713707607
  • Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2