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Vickers 559 English Jet With Vertically Stacked Engines


The Vickers Type 559 was a supersonic interceptor aircraft design by the British aircraft company Vickers-Armstrongs and was their submission for Operational Requirement F.155 in 1955.

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The Type 559 was an unorthodox canard design with a massive chin air intake, split vertically, for two reheated de Havilland Gyron engines of 20,000 pounds-force (89 kN) thrust each, placed as in the English Electric Lightning, one above the other.

Two de Havilland Spectre Junior rockets were situated, one each side of the fuselage at wing level. Two Red Hebe or Blue Jay missiles were mounted alongside the upper part of the fuselage between the canard and the mainplane, which had endplates incorporating twin rudders.


Powerplant: 2 × de Havilland Gyron PS.26/1 afterburning turbojet engines, 20,000 lbf (89 kN) thrust each dry, 27,000 lbf (120 kN) with afterburner.Powerplant: 2 × De Havilland Spectre Junior Kerosene/High-test peroxide rocket motor, 5,000 lbf (22 kN) thrust each.Maximum speed: Mach 2.5.Combat range: 150 mi.