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Vickers Vernon was a British biplane troop carrier used by the  Royal Air Force. It entered service in 1921, and was the first dedicated troop transport of the RAF.
The Vernon was a development of the
Vickers Vimy Commercial, a passenger variant of the famous Vickers Vimy bomber, and was powered by twin Napier Lion engines or Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines. 55 were built.
In February 1923, Vernons of Nos. 45 and 70 Squadrons RAF airlifted nearly 500 troops to
Kirkuk, Iraq after the civilian area of that town had been overrun by Kurdish forces. This was the first-ever  strategic airlift of troops.
Vernons of No. 45 Squadron had bomb racks and sights fitted.
In May 1924 the squadron was officially designated No. 45 (Bombing) Sqdn.  
Vernons were replaced by
Vickers Victorias from 1927.
Variants Vernon Mk I
Twin-engined military transport aircraft for the
RAF. Vernon Mk II
Powered by two 450 hp (340 kW) Napier Lion II piston engines.
Vernon Mk III
Powered by two Napier Lion III piston engines.
Operators United Kingdom
Specifications (Vernon) Data from Aircraft of the Royal Air Force 
Capacity: 11 passengers
Length: 42 ft 8 in (13.00 m)
Wingspan: 68 ft 1 in (20.75 m)
Height: 13 ft 3 in (4.04 m)
Wing area: 1,330 sq ft (124 m 2)
Empty weight: 7,981 lb (3,620 kg)
Gross weight: 12,544 lb (5,690 kg) Powerplant: 2 × Napier Lion water-cooled 12-cylinder broad-arrow engine, 450 hp (340 kW) each
Maximum speed: 118 mph (190 km/h, 103 kn) at ground level 
Cruise speed: 75 mph (121 km/h, 65 kn)
Range: 320 mi (510 km, 280 nmi) at 80 mph (70 kn; 130 km/h) 
Service ceiling: 11,700 ft (3,600 m) Time to altitude: 13 min 30 s to 6,000 ft (1,800 m)
Armament Bombs: Provision for bombs
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