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Swordfish Landing-On

'Swordfish' Landing On

'Swordfish' Landing On

A Swordfish making a carrier landing. The Fairey Swordfish was a torpedo bomber built by the Fairey Aviation Company and used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Affectionately known as the “Stringbag” by its crews, it was outdated by 1939, but achieved some spectacular successes during the war, notably the sinking of one and damaging two battleships of the Regia Marina (the Italian Navy) in the Battle of Taranto and the famous crippling of the Bismarck. (Wikipedia)

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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.