Vickers Viking in Argentina

Vickers Viking IV
Serial No. R4, Argentine Navy, 1923. The aircraft fuselage remains in a Natural Wood finish. Flying surfaces are covered in Pale Linen. Argentine Navy roundels are Light Blue and White with a Red anchor. The anchor is outlined and detailed with half inch Black lines. Light Blue and White striping is carried on the rudder and on the upper and lower horizontal elevators. The serial number is Black. The wingtips on the underside of both wings are painted Dark Blue, that on the lower wing underside being twice as thick as that on the upper wing underside. Floats and wheel hubs are Light Grey. The Argentine sun on the central White rudder stripe is Golden Yellow with Black detailing. Accompanying photographs in the printed magazine article show views of Royal Canadian Air Force machines.

The Vickers Viking IV amphibian shown here was one of four delivered to the Argentine Navy in May 1923, and these drawings have been adapted from the original contemporary marking data. Serial numbers of the Argentinian aircraft were R4, R5, R6 and R7.

With a 50 foot wingspan, the Vickers Viking amphibian was powered by a 460hp Napier Lion engine. This 12 cylinder engine utilised a "W" design having three bands of four cylinders, one vertical with two others at 45 degree angles on either side.

Eight Viking IVs were also used by the Royal Canadian Air Force, most being constructed by the Canadian Vickers Company in 1923. These were the first aircraft built in Canada following the First World War.

Pictures and text taken from Issue 5 of Insignia Magazine.

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