DescriptionThe Vickers Vanguard was a British short/medium-range turboprop airliner introduced in 1959 by Vickers-Armstrongs, a follow-up to its successful Viscount design with considerably more internal room.
The Vanguard was introduced just before the first of the large jet-powered airliners, and was largely ignored by the market. Only 44 were built, ordered by Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) and British European Airways (BEA).
After only about 10 years' service TCA experimentally converted one of its Vanguards to a freighter configuration, calling it the Cargoliner. This was considered successful, and in the early 1970s most were converted to freighters, those from BEA becoming the Merchantman. These freighters remained in service for many years, with the last one not retiring until 1996.
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- Crew: 3 Capacity: 139 passengers
- 122 ft 10 1⁄2 in (37.452 m)
- 118 ft 0 in (35.97 m)
- 34 ft 11 in (10.64 m)
- Wing Area:
- 1,527 sq ft (141.9 m2)
- Empty Weight:
- 85,000 lb (38,555 kg)
- Gross weight: 141,000 lb (63,957 kg)
- 4 × Rolls-Royce Tyne RTy.11 Mk 512 turboprops, 5,545 shp (4,135 kW) each (eshp)
- Maximum speed: 684 km/h (425 mph)
- Cruise Speed:
- 422 mph (679 km/h, 367 kn) at 15,000 ft (4,600 m) (high speed cruise)
- 1,830 mi (2,950 km, 1,590 nmi) with maximum payload
- Service Ceiling:
- 30,000 ft.