Vickers V.I.M

Role Trainer
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Vickers
Introduction 1920
Primary user Republic of China
Number built 35
Developed from Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2

The VIM or Vickers Instructional Machine was a trainer biplane aircraft built for the Republic of China by Vickers from war-surplus stocks of Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2d parts, powered by a surplus Rolls Royce Eagle engine, but fitted with an entirely new nacelle, providing dual controls for the pupil and instructor. Thirty-five were built and supplied from 1920.


Specifications (VIM)

Data from Vickers Aircraft since 1908[1]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 32 ft 4 in (9.86 m)
  • Wingspan: 47 ft 8 in (14.53 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 4 in[2] (3.76 m)
  • Wing area: 488 ft² (45.3 m²[2])
  • Empty weight: 2,950 lb (1,341 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 3,654 lb (1,661 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII liquid cooled V-12 piston engine, 360 hp (269 kW)
  • Propellers: Four bladed propellor, 1 per engine



  • Andrews, C.F. and Morgan, E.B. Vickers Aircraft since 1908. London:Putnam, 1988. ISBN 0-85177-815-1.
  • "Flight, 6 January 1921, p.4-5.

External links

British Aircraft Directory

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