Fairey Barracuda




Fairey Barracud

Fairey Barracuda

 
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dive bomber
three
RR Merlin 32
1,640 hp
39 ft. 9 in.
49 ft. 2 in.
9,800 lbs.
14,080 lbs.
2 x .303 inch
1 x 1,640 lbs.
210 mph
240 mph
1,400 fpm
21,760 feet
1150 miles
12/7/40
1943



The Fairey Barracuda became operational with the Royal Navy during the second World War, operating as a torpedo and dive bomber from aircraft carriers.

It was the first all metal monoplane British torpedo bomber.

In order to operate from small escort carriers, Fairey Barracuda aircraft were fitted with rocket assisted take off.

The Fairey Barracuda Mark III, first flown in 1943, carried a surface sweep radar for use against enemy shipping. This proved especially effective in detecting enemy submarines.

The Fairey Barracuda may be best known for their role in the crippling of the German battleship Tripitz in Kaa Fjord, Norway on April 3, 1944. Despite heavy enemy defensive fire, the 42 aircraft flight scored fifteen bomb hits on the battleship, putting it out of action for three months. Two were lost in the operation.

Fairey Barracuda aircraft became operational in the Pacific Theatre in April of 1944. They were particularly effective when used against enemy positions in preparation for landings on the island of Sumatra.

Some 2,572 of the aircraft were produced making the Fairey Barracuca one of the ugliest mass produced aircraft in the world.

 

Fairey Barracuda
Fairey Barracuda - Massimo Rickler (see comments)
Langanese of RCGroups said he is building a Fairey Barracuda. It is to have a 54" wingspan and use electric power. We have tried to contact Langanese for more details, and hopefully pictures of his Fairey Barracuda and are awaiting his reply.




3 thoughts on “Fairey Barracuda”

  1. Massimo Rickler says:

    Hi, my name is Massimo Rickler, I’m 46 years old and live in Torino (Italy). Here is my electric powered Fairey Barracuda: the model is almost completely CNC cut foam build and then covered with light paper; 4 channels + flaps. I used an outrunner brushless motor “Hacker style” KDA20- 22L (made in China) with a 18A ESC; 6 HS55 servos. Span 123cm (48.4″), length 105cm (41.4″), weight 750gr (26.4oz), lipo 3S1P 1700mA. I will paint the model in the 2 colors Royal Navy scheme (1950).

  2. John Bruno says:

    I live in Cardiff and fly with the Gaer Park MFC on the outskirts of Newport. I’ve got a Fairey Barracuda you might want to see. It’s an own design as most will be, and flies beautifully. The only thing I had to do was to cut the elevator throws down as the pitch control was was too coarse for comfortable operation. It uses a Czech made AXI copy at 400W on 14.8 volts. The power comes from a 4000ma 4 cell 20c pack. The Fairey Barracuda weighs in at 2.5 kg and spans a convenient 58″ and is 50″ in length. I’m well pleased with both it’s handling characteristics and it’s appearance in flight as you keep an eye on the speed. The Fairey Barracuda is currently grounded while I attend to some canopy alterations.

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