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Fairey Swordfish

Fairey Swordfish Float-Plane

Fairey Swordfish Float-Plane

From Wing Commander Garlick’s photo album.  A Fairey Swordfish Float-Plane flying off Gibraltar.  This had a wingspan of 45 and a half feet and a top speed of 139 m.p.h.  They were the ‘eyes of the fleet’ used for submarine patrols and were operated from Royal Navy battleships using a crane.  They could carry a torpedo and with a slow approach speed could be very accurate in delivery.  As a slow aircraft, they were highly vulnerable to fighter attack and consequently were mostly used out at sea away from any likely fighter reach.


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