Vickers Viking Amphibian and the Smith Brothers on YouTube

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The Smith brothers recently won the coveted 10,000 prize for flying from England to Australia. But the Smith brothers were not content to rest on their laurels. They planned another and a bigger venture-a round-the-world flight. For this they were going to use a Vickers amphibian called the Viking. Their old colleague Bennett was to be the mechanic. On 13 April 1922 all three were to go up on a test flight. Ross and the mechanic arrived on time. But a fog rolled down. It held up Keith, then on his way to the aerodrome. Fearing if they delayed any longer the conditions would be too bad for the flight, Ross and Bennett took off. What happened aloft no one else will ever know. But as Keith arrived on the aerodrome, it was to see the Viking hurtling down to death and destruction. So, in harness, died one of Australia’s greatest sons and his trusted mechanic.

The Vickers Viking was a single-engined amphibious aircraft designed for military use shortly after World War I.

General characteristics
Crew: One: pilot
Capacity: 2 passengers
Length: 34 ft 0 in (10.36 m)
Wingspan: 50 ft 0 in (15.24 m)
Height: 15 ft 1 in (4.60 m)
Wing area: 594 ft² (55.2 m²)
Empty weight: 3,750 lb (1,701 kg)
Loaded weight: 5,600 lb (2,451 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Rolls-Royce Eagle piston engine, 360 hp (269 kW)
Performance
Maximum speed: 102 mph (164 km/h)
Cruise speed: 90 mph (144 km/h)
Range: 450 miles (724 km)
Service ceiling: 9,000 ft (2,743 m)
Rate of climb: 400 ft/min (121 m/min)
Wing loading: 9 lb/ft² (44 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.13 hp/lb (0.22 kW/kg)

 

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Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEZ of the RCAF – 1926

Note

This post was a draft written in January 2017. I was trying to figure out what were all these airplanes. Since I  am not an expert on pre-WWII aircraft I had to take the time to become more knowledgeable. Now I think I am going somewhere with all this research and all the notes I had found in January starting with this picture below.

 

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk. IV, G-CYEZ, Reindeer Lake, Manitoba, 1924. 
(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3389794)

More information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_Viking


What about these airplanes?

Something I found here on a forum.

Vickers Viking Mk. IV

G-CYET – It crashed near Hilbre, Manitoba on the 11th of July 1927 when the fuselage failed and broke up in flight. The aircraft was destroyed.

G-CYEU

G-CYEV – It caught a wave and dove under the water while making a landing at Cormorant Lake on the 3rd of October 1930. The aircraft was repaired

G-CYEX

G-CYEY

G-CYEZ


http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-C1.html

G-CYES Vickers Viking IV 28/CV.7 G-CYES 15.06.23 SOC 02.07.25
G-CYET Vickers Viking IV 27/CV.8 G-CYET 12.07.23 Cat A Hilbre 11.07.27
G-CYEU Vickers Viking IV CV.1 G-CYEU 24.07.23 SOC Winnipeg 04.05.34
G-CYEV Vickers Viking IV CV.2 G-CYEV 15.08.23 SOC Cormorant Lake 20.02.31
G-CYEW Vickers Viking IV CV.3 G-CYEW 31.08.23 Cat A 31.07.26
G-CYEX Vickers Viking IV CV.4 G-CYEX 03.10.23 Cat A Manitoba 25.08.29
G-CYEY Vickers Viking IV CV.5 G-CYEY 17.10.23 SOC Victoria Beach 24.08.26
G-CYEZ Vickers Viking IV CV.6 G-CYEZ 09.11.23 SOC Lac du Bonnet 28.08.30

 


This is the draft written in 31 January 2017

This picture was taken on the Internet.

It’s a Vickers Viking IV. Some faces looked familiar.

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Vickers ‘Viking’ IV flying boat G-CYEZ of the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1926. Photo credit: Canadian Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, now in the collection of Library and Archives Canada, PA-020089

These next pictures are taken from a photo album that was saved by someone who cared about preserving the past. These are “floatplanes” [you see how much I knew back in January] with a marking…EZ.

It has to be Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEZ at Holst Point.

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Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEZ in the background

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Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEZ at Victoria Beach

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Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEV after a mishap

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Vickers Viking IV flying boats G-CYEZ and G-CYET at Holst Point, Ontario

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Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEV

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R.C.A.F.
Vickers ‘Viking’ Amphibian
Photographic “G” Flight
Season 1927
Minaki to Lac-du-Bonnet

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Viking
E.T. & E.Z.
Season 1927
Avro Seaplane
“Viking” “Viking”

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Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEV at Nelson House

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Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEZ


Now, on April 19, 2017, piecing all this together…


More on the Vickers Vikings…

http://silverhawkauthor.com/aircraft-preserved-in-canada-4a-warplanes-in-manitoba_376.html

With the author kind permission to whom I wrote an email in late March…

 

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEV in Victoria Beach in 1923 Mikan No.3643581

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEV in Victoria Beach in 1923 Mikan No.3643580

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEV enroute to winter storage 19 September 1923 Mikan No.3643618

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEV 19 September 1923 Mikan No.3575619

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYET being refueled at Lac du Brochet, Manitoba in July 1924 Mikan No.3643606

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYET in 1924 at Reindeer Lake, Manitoba Mikan No.3391057

 

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk. IV, G-CYET, Reindeer Lake, Manitoba, 1924.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3389794)

 

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYET in 1925, at Little Grand Rapids, Manitoba Mikan_No.3391061

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEU at Victoria Beach, Manitoba in 1925 Mikan No.3391060

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEU at Victoria Beach, Manitoba in 1925 Mikan No. 3391060

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEZ in 1926 Mikan No.3391068

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEZ at Victoria Beach, Manitoba in 1926 Mikan No.3391068

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEZ at Victoria Beach, Manitoba in 1926 Mikan No.3391065

 

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEZ in 1926 Mikan No.33910681

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R.C.A.F.
Vickers ‘Viking’ Amphibian
Photographic “G” Flight
Season 1927
Minaki to Lac-du-Bonnet

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G-CYET – It crashed near Hilbre, Manitoba on the 11th of July 1927 when the fuselage failed and broke up in flight. The aircraft was destroyed.

 

Breaking news

Found yesterday on the Internet

July 1927 a Vickers Viking aeroplane was struck by lightning and crashed near Hilbre, Manitoba. Three airmen, A.T. Bradley, W.C. Weaver and F.H. Wrong lost their lives in the fatal crash. Debris was scattered in all directions. when the plane was struck it was travelling at an elevation of about 2,000 feet.


Wilmington News-Journal Ohio 1927-07-12
Hilbre, MB Lightning Strikes Plane, July 1927

THINK LIGHTNING BOLT STRUCK PLANE, HURLING THREE TO DEATH.
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE AVIATORS WERE MAKING TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY.

Winnipeg, July 12 – (AP) – Exploding in mid-air a hydroplane of the Royal Air Force burst into flames and in four separate pieces crashed to the ground near Hilbre, Man., yesterday, bringing death to three men. The dead are: Flight Officer W. C. WEAVER, pilot. A. T. HARDLEY, photographic mechanic. and F. H. WRONG, surveyor of the Topographical Survey Branch, Ottawa. Eye witnesses say the plane entered a heavy cloud bank and was lost to view. Soon there was a loud explosion and three bodies came hurtling through the air, followed by the separate pieces of the plane, afire like huge rockets. Officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Winnipeg today expressed the opinion that the plane had been struck by lightning. The plane was believed to have been at an altitude of almost 3,500 feet when the explosion occurred. One of the victims was found buried head first in the ground. One of the airmen had a parachute strapped on but evidently had no time to use it. The aviators were making a topographical survey of the Hilbre district.


Reno Evening Gazette  – July 12, 1927, Reno, Nevada
Canadian Air Surveyors in Manitoba, 3500 Feet up,
Meet with Death Bodies Hurtle from Mist to Ground before Eyes Of Startled Observers
WINNIPEG, Manitoba 11 July 1927
Exploding in mid-air a hydro airplane of the Royal Force burst into flames and in four pieces crashed to the ground near Hilbre, Manitoba yesterday, bring death to three men.The dead are: Flight Officer W. C. Weaver, pilot in charge; A.T. Bradley, photographic mechanic, and F. H. Wrong, surveyor of the topographical survey branch, Ottawa.-
EXPLODES IN CLOUD
Witnesses say the plane entered a heavy, cloud bank and was lost to view. Shortly after there was a loud explosion and three bodies came hurtling through the air followed by the pieces of the plane, afire like rockets. The flaming, gasoline tank separated from the machine. Officers of the Royal Canadian air force in Winnipeg today expressed the opinion that the plane had been struck by lightning. The accident occurred over a farm a short distance from Hilbre, which is northwest of Winnipeg on the north shore of Lake Manitoba.
FALL OF 3500 FEET
The plane was believed to have been at an altitude almost 3500 feet when the explosion occurred. One of the victims was found buried head first in the ground. Nearby another body was found and a short distance away: a third was discovered in the grass.” One of the airmen has a parachute strapped on but evidently had no time to use it. Parts of the machine were half buried in the ground and debris was scattered over wide area. The pontoons were found one hundred yards from the main portion of the plane.
WERE SURVEYORS
The aviators had taken off from Winnipegosis during the morning, a topographical survey of the Hilbre district. It came from the Lac-du-Bonnet station of the Royal Canadian Air forces, where forestry and survey planes are stationed during the summer months. It was a single engined Vickers Viking of the pusher type with the propeller at the rear of the wings. Preparations for an investigation are under way and Flight Lieut. L. T. Stevenson of headquarters staff here left tonight for the scene of the tragedy.