John Fitzmaurice displays his unusual 1/3-scale Vickers F. B. 19.
This shows the cockpit detail of the Vickers F.B. 19.
Note the hand-stitched fabric panels on John’s
Vickers F.B. 19. More than 400 eyelets were used. England. The fabric panels were hand stitched using more
than 400 eyelets. It has a 96-inch wingspan and weighs 45
The Vickers F.B. 19 was a single-seat British scout aircraft,
developed from the Barnwell Bullet, the predecessor to
the Vickers E.S. 1. The F.B. 19 served with the Royal Flying
Corps and Imperial Russian Air Service. It first flew in
August 1916, and
was armed with only one Vickers
machine gun. It was considered slow
compared with its contemporaries,
and the 100 hp Gnome rotary engine
lacked the power needed to reach high
In addition to several design flaws,
the Vickers F.B. 19 airplanes were
unpopular with the pilots who flew
them. However, the Russians enjoyed
better success when their F.B.19s were
fitted with 130 hp Clerget engines.
Approximately 65 of these aircraft were
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