|Vickers Type 583V|
|583V in FAA default livery|
|Primary Use||Military, fleet defense|
Vickers-Supermarine proposed the ‘V’ version of the 583 in an additional note to their OR.356 proposals. The continuing development of the Olympus engine with Hawker’s Harrier aircraft had created new options for aircraft design.
Analysis of the EE Lightning’s engine failure record highlighted the financial benefits of two engines. The 583V had advantages over the now progressing Harrier that it featured two ‘half-pegasus’ engines. Failure of one engine would not enable vectored flight, but would not mean the loss of the aircraft. Variable wings gave significant patrol time benefits over the swept wing aircraft in the navy’s mind, such as the phantom and various Harrier evolutions being developed by Hawker.
This aircraft and the 583 were also embroiled in the politics of aircraft carrier procurement and the ministry of defense urging the RAF and Navy to merge their aircraft procurement activities. In such an environment, it never got further than an interesting feasibility study.
The Navy’s last purpose designed aircraft, the Blackburn Bucaneer, was retired in 1978.
There are no additional liveries with this aircraft