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Role Transport/Patrol flying-boat
Manufacturer Canadian Vickers
First flight 1929
Retired 1940
Status out of service
Primary user RCAF
Produced 6

The Canadian Vickers Vancouver was a Canadian transport/patrol flying-boat of the 1930s built by Canadian Vickers.

It was a twin-engine, equal-span biplane. The hull was of metal and the rest of the structure was of fabric-covered wood.


The Vancouver was developed as a replacement for the Varuna in response to a Royal Canadian Air Force requirement for a flying-boat to transport men and equipment to forest fires. The main difference from the Varuna was a duralumin hull and more powerful engines. The two flight crew were located in two tandem open cockpits, forward of the wing. The main cabin could accommodate a fire-fighting team of six men and all the required equipment. Five aircraft were delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force, one was later converted into a coastal patrol aircraft.

Operational history

In the mid-1930s, the Vancouvers were modified as coastal patrol aircraft by the installation of machine guns and bombs.

After the outbreak of the Second World War, Vancouvers served with 4 Squadron, RCAF at Jericho Beach Air Station until withdrawn from service in 1940. After a brief period of service in training duties, they were finally withdrawn.


  • Vancouver I - prototype with Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV engines, one built.
  • Vancouver II - production transport version with Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IVC engines, five built.
  • Vancouver II/SW - armed coastal patrol reconnaissance aircraft with Wright Whirlwind J-6 engines, one conversion from Vancouver II.


Royal Canadian Air Force

Specifications (Vancouver IIS)

Data from[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (9 in military Vancouvers)
  • Capacity: 7 pax
  • Length: 38 ft 3 in (11.66 m)
  • Wingspan: 55 ft 0 in (16.76 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 7 in (4.75 m)
  • Wing area: 818.9 sq ft (76.08 m2)
  • Empty weight: 5,966 lb (2,706 kg)
  • Gross weight: 10,009 lb (4,540 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Armstrong-Siddeley Serval IV 10-cyl. double-row, air-cooled radial piston engine, 310 hp (230 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 94 mph; 82 kn (151 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 86 mph; 75 kn (138 km/h)
  • Service ceiling: 4,800 ft (1,463 m)


  • Guns: 3 x 0.303-in (7.7-mm) Lewis Guns (military Vancouvers only)
  • Bombs: 1,000lb (450 kg) of bombs (military Vancouvers only)

See also


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