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Vickers 60 Viking IV (replica)

1922 (1970s), Brooklands Aircraft Factory, On long term display

Vickers produced the Viking, its first aircraft to both take-off and land on water, soon after World War One. Although designed for military patrol, this amphibious aircraft was used by the Canadian Air Force to protect and survey forests. Some Vikings were even used to ferry tourists to the ski-slopes of St. Moritz in Switzerland.

This replica was built for the 1977 film, The People That Time Forgot. After lying derelict at Thorpe Park for years, it was donated to Brooklands Museum, where it was restored by volunteers. The G-EBED markings relate to a round-the-world record attempt by the Australian Smith brothers. Sadly, Sir Keith Smith lost his life in a similar aircraft.