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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2020 9:42 p.m. PST

"Despite their lumbering appearance and matching performance, Vickers' transport aircraft formed a metaphorical vertebra in the backbone of RAF airlift capabilities throughout much of the 1920s and 30s.

The Vickers Vernon was the RAF's first dedicated troop transport aircraft. It developed from the firm's Vimy Commercial passenger aircraft (itself a derivative of the Vimy bomber) and the first of 55 examples entered service in 1922.

Power came from a pair of Napier Lion or Rolls-Royce Eagle engines, giving a cruise speed of just 75mph (121km/h) and a range of 320 miles (515km)…"

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