Valentia
Vickers Valentia flying boat.jpg
Valentia (N126) at the Marine and Armament Experimental Establishment, Isle of Grain, April 1923.[1]
Role Flying boat
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Vickers-Armstrongs
First flight 5 Mar 1921
Introduction 1921
Retired 1924
Primary user Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment
Number built 3

The Vickers Valentia was a 1920s British flying boat designed during the First World War.

History

Three Valentia prototypes were built by the Vickers Company at their Barrow works (Walney Island perhaps), having been ordered in May 1918 as a potential replacement for the Felixstowe F.5. The hull was built by S.E.Saunders works at Cowes. The first of the three (Serial Number N124) first flew on 5 March 1921, when Stanley Cockerell began test-flying it over the Solent.[2] N124 was damaged on landing in June 1921 and was dismantled, the second N125 forced landed on its delivery flight on 15 March 1922[3] The third flying boat N126 was delivered in 1923 and used for trials until it was withdrawn from use in November 1924.

The name was later re-used for a transport aircraft, the Vickers Type 264 Valentia.

Specifications (Valentia)

Technical drawing of the Vickers Valentia flying boat.jpg

Data from Vickers Aircraft since 1908 [4]

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

References

  1. ^ Chorlton, Martyn, ed. (2012). Aeroplane Collectors' Archive: Golden Age of Flying-boats. Kelsey Publishing Group, Cudham, Kent. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-907426-71-1.
  2. ^ "Air Ministry's New Flying Boat", The Times, 8 March 1921
  3. ^ Wixey, Ken, "Flying Boats of the RAF: 1920s 'One-offs' ", FlyPast No. 106, Stamford, Lincs., U.K., May 1990, page 68.
  4. ^ Andrews and Morgan 1988, p.482.
  5. ^ a b "The Vickers-Saunders flying boat "Valentia"". Flight. XIII (11): 191. 17 March 1921.
  6. ^ a b London 2003, pp.266–267.