Vickers Varsity T.1 WF369
Twin-engined navigation trainer photographed at Newark Air Museum on 10 May 2005. This is the only example of the type displayed under cover in the UK.
One of the Bristol Hercules 264 radial engines had the hinged covers open at the time the photograph was taken.
The Varsity was developed by Vickers and based on the Viking and Valetta to meet Air Ministry Specification T.13/48 for a twin-engined training aircraft to replace the Wellington T10 and the Valetta T3 and T4. The main differences were the wider-span wings, longer fuselage and tricycle undercarriage; and a ventral pannier to allow a trainee bomb aimer to be in a prone position. The prototype Type 668 first flew from Wisley on 17 July 1949.
The Varsity was withdrawn from service with the RAF in May 1976, its role as a pilot and navigation trainer taken over by the Scottish Aviation Jetstream T1.
Picture added on 01 December 2010 at 10:29