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Fairey Swordfish. A photo. Characteristics.
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Fairey Swordfish. A photo. Characteristics.

Fairey Swordfish. A photo. Characteristics.

 

United Kingdom

A type: single-engine torpedo bomber / reconnaissance biplane

Crew: pilot, observer and gunner

Which looked at 1939 was sadly outdated compared to its sleek monoplanes-contemporaries, the plane "Suordfish» (Swordfish - Swordfish) company Fairey somehow remained viable weapon in his original role-torpedo bomber until the middle of 1942 years. In fact, after that the plane continued to build two more years, and he was gradually withdrawn from the front Operating Fleet Air Arm in May 1945 year!

The plane could trace their ancestry back to biplane TSRI, created by "Fairy" in 1933, in the hope of interest to the Ministry of Aviation. The trick was a success, and was released Technical requirement S.15 / 33 on deck torpedo, artillery spotter and reconnaissance. TSRII prototype successfully passed flight tests and the company 1935 "Fae" received an order for aircraft 86. The preferred standard armament for the airplane 'Suordfish "was 457,2-mm (18-inch) torpedo weighing 730,3 kg (1610 pounds), which was suspended under the fuselage. The squadron was the first number 825 division, received the aircraft "Suordfish" in July 1936 years, and for 1937-1939 12 years following these squadrons were re-equipped biplanes.

Besides the fact that he spent the first two and a half years of the First World War was the main bomber-torpedo Aviation Navy aircraft "Suordfish" actively used Command RAF coastal defense. 2391 plane was built in four versions, and today four aircraft "Suordfish" preserved in a state of airworthiness - two in the UK and Canada.

Basic data

Dimensions:

  • Length: 10,87 m
  • Wingspan: 13,87 m
  • Height: 3,76 m

 

The weight:

  • BLANK: 2132 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 3406 kg

 

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 222 km / h
  • Range: 1658 km

 

Power point: "Bristol" "Pegasus» XXX

Power: 750 l. from. (559 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • 17 April 1934 years

 

The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • Mk II and IV

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