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Vickers FB-5 'Gunbus'

5" x 7"
Oil on Canvas - 2003

Vicker FB-5

$175 USD


Vickers FB-5 'Gunbus'
(5" x 7” Oil on Canvas –2003)

The “Gunbus” was developed from a pre-war design, but lived to serve well in the Royal Flying Corps during the “Fokker Scourge” of 1915-16. The FB-5 has the distinction of being on strength of the first squadron deployed by the RFC distinctly in the “fighter squadron” mold.

While a fair airplane in it’s day, it was quickly outclassed by first the Germans and then the developments by the Allied aeronautical engineers. By 1917 the type had been all but withdrawn from service, but lived on in training roles and as test beds for new Gyro built engines.