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Fairey Firefly AS 5 / 6. A photo. Characteristics.
Fairey Firefly AS 5 / 6. A photo. Characteristics.

Fairey Firefly AS 5 / 6. A photo. Characteristics.

United Kingdom

A type: Single-engine naval fighter aircraft and aircraft for anti-submarine warfare

Crew: The pilot and observer, arranged one behind the other

Who had the longest edition in production compared with the rest of the naval fighter, plane "Firefly» (Firefly - firefly) was established on the basis of "Fulmar» 1940 Navy fighter of the year (Fulmar). Although the latter at the time of his admission to the operation of already obsolete, it formed the basis of destructive forces of the fleet aircraft for a period of 1941-1942 years. Shortly after the first serial copies were received in the fleet, the company "Fairy» (Fairey) began work on a modified design, equipped with engine "Griffon", which later became known as "Firefly." Firefly aircraft carriers were on the fleet in the summer of 1943 years. By the year 1945 aircraft "Firefly» I have been equipped with eight squadrons.

Despite the more powerful engine, "Cyclone" aircraft "Firefly" could not increase their speed above 464 km / h (290 miles / h) (equivalent in the US Navy - the plane F4U «Le Corsaire" was almost 320 km / h (200 miles / h) faster!), so the revised structure again, and was created by Mark 5 plane with clipped wings and engine "Griffon» 74. Realizing that the days of this aircraft as a pure fighter passed, the Navy used the "Firefly» 5 as a fighter-bomber, night fighter, armed reconnaissance and aircraft for anti-submarine warfare and ordered 352 instance. Much to war in Korea plane "Firefly" was purchased by the Navy as Denmark, Canada and Australia.

The last two versions of AS and b 7 were specialized anti-submarine aircraft, built them in the amount of 284 copies. In 1950-400 years of more aircraft, "Firefly" was converted into a trainer aircraft and towing targets, and after decommissioning in the number of Navy aircraft continued to serve as towing targets, but under the control of civil society organizations.

Basic data


  • Length: 11,58 m
  • Wingspan: 12,49 m
  • Height: 4,24 m

The weight:

  • BLANK: 4472 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 7076 kg

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 509 km / h
  • Range: 1722 km

Power point: "Griffon" 74 company "Rolls-Royce"

Power: 2245 l. from. (1674 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • December 22 1941 years (plane "Firefly» I) and December 12 1947 years (the first production aircraft "Firefly» 5)

The surviving airworthy modifications:AS 5 (TT 5) and AS 6 (TT 6)


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