Vickers Vimy biplane H651 radio-controlled model (Denis Hefford)

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Vickers Vimy biplane H651 radio-controlled model (Denis Hefford)

Denis Hefford with his rc model of a Vickers Vimy biplane, H651.jpg Denis holding the model aloft (i)
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A radio-controlled model of a World War One Vickers Vimy biplane, tagged H651, built by Denis Hefford.

The model, installed in the museum

The Vickers Vimy

The Vimy was designed as a bomber biplane for World War One. However, although over two hundred of the planes ended up being built, the plane's appearance in 1918 meant that only three of the aircraft saw service in the 1914-18 war.

Alcock and Brown

The Vimy achieved fame in 1919 when it was used for the first non-stop transatlantic flight by John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown. The plane's original bomber design meant that it was capable of carrying heavy payloads, and Alcock and Brown made use of this feature, modifying the plane to carry extra fuel tanks. The "Alcock and Brown" machine is currently on display at the Science Museum.

The Vimy Commercial

Vickers also produced a version of the plane for civilian use, the Vimy Commercial. This version had an appreciably fatter body than the original aircraft.

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Alcock and Brown