Vickers F.B.5 "Gunbus"

The Vickers Fighting Biplane 5 was the first British plane designed specifically as a fighter. The pusher style aircraft had two seats with a forward facing, swivel mounted machine gun operated by the observer and was dubbed the "Gunbus".

Although underpowered for its size and not very maneuverable, the Vickers Gunbus was an effective fighter at the time and led to the creation of the first squadron formed exclusively for fighting, the RFC No. 11 Squadron. The Vickers F.B.5 was soon replaced by other fighters although it continued to be used for training.

This plane carries the markings of Royal Flying Corps No. 11 Squadron.

Country of Manufacture Great Britain
First Year of Service 1914
Wing Span 36 ft 6 in | 11.13 m
Length 27 ft 2 in | 8.28 m
Height 11 ft | 3.35 m
Weight 2050 lbs | 930 kg
Engine Gnôme Monosoupape, 9 cylinder air-cooled rotary engine, 100hp
Top Speed 70 mph | 113 km/h
Range 250 miles | 403 km
Armament 1 Lewis 7.7 mm machine gun
Crew 2


Technical Notes:
Made with Autodesk 3D Studio Max - Airplane not including background, 52270 vertices, 63416 faces - All aircraft insignia are modeled as part of the mesh.
Historical Notes:
The instruments in the cockpit are conjecture.