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The Vickers Vimy was designed to bomb Germany from its bases in England but only three of these heavy bombers reached the Independent Force before the Armistice was signed.

In 1913 the London Daily Mail offered a prize of £10,000 for the first successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic. Later, the Australian government offered another £10,000 for the first flight to Australia and the South African government offered a similar prize for the first flight to South Africa. The Daily Mail prize was won in June 1919 when John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown successfully flew a Vimy from Newfoundland to Ireland. Then, in November 1919, Ross Smith and his brother Keith took the Australian prize by flying a Vimy from England to Australia. The South African prize was won in 1920 by Christopher Brand and Pierre van Ryneveld who crashed two Vimys on their flight from England to Cape Town.
Vickers Vimy Specifications
Country: Great Britain
Manufacturer: Vickers, Limited
Type: Heavy Bomber
First Introduced: 1918
Number Built:  
Engine(s): Two (2) Rolls Royce Eagle VIII, 12-cylinder, liquid cooled inline V, 360 hp
Wing Span: 67 ft 2 in (20.47 m)
Length: 43 ft 6½ in (13.27 m)
Height: 15 ft 3 in (4.65 m)
Empty Weight:  
Gross Weight: 12,500 lb (5,670 kg)
Max Speed: 103 mph (166 km/h) at sea level
Ceiling: 10,500 ft (3,200 m)
Range: 900 miles
Crew: 3
Armament: 2-4 machine guns
2,476 lb (1,123 kg) of bombs
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