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Though aeroplanes by the great Vickers firm were never made in huge numbers, their F.B.5 "Gunbus" does have the distinction of being the world's first purpose-designed fighter aircraft.[1]

Vickers aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. The ES1 and ES2 were experimental tractor biplanes from 1915 that led to the F.B.19.[2]
  2. The F.B.7 was an ungainly twin-engine heavy gun carrier. Ten were initially ordered, but engine shortages and poor performance led to order cancellation.[3]
  3. The F.B.8 was another twin-engine prototype from 1915, this time carrying a Lewis gun.[4]
  4. The 1916 F.B.11 was a prototype long-range escort fighter with a gunner's nacelle on the upper wing.[5]
  5. The 1916 F.B.12 was a small single-seat pusher reminiscent of the F.E.8, but it did not go into production.[6]
  6. Four F.B.16 prototype tractor scouts were tested in 1916, but the type did not enter production.[7]
  7. Several Vickers F.B.24 two-seaters were tested with various engines in 1917-18, but none entered production.[8]
  8. The FB25 was a prototype pusher with side-by-side twin seating intended for anti-airship use, but it crashed and was not pursued further.[9]
  9. The FB26 was a 1917 development of the FB12 with good performance for a pusher, but it was not built beyond three prototypes.[10]
  1. Bruce'69, p.661
  2. Bruce'69, p.664.
  3. Bruce'69, p.667.
  4. Bruce'69, p.669.
  5. Bruce'69, p.672.
  6. Bruce'69, p.673.
  7. Bruce'69, p.683.
  8. Bruce'69, p.689.
  9. Bruce'69, p.692.
  10. Bruce'69, p.694.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382