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.
This entry was posted on March 18, 2011 by hjgarlick. It was filed under Uncategorized and was tagged with attack, Fairey Swordfish, Float-Plane, flying, Gibraltar, Photos, submarine patrols, torpedo.