Fairey Firefly




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armed reconnaissance
two
Rolls Royce Griffon
1,900 h.p.
9,750 lbs.
14,000 lbs.
4- 20 mm
1,000 lbs.
37 ft. 7 in.
44 ft. 6 in.
316 mph
1,900 fpm
28,000 feet
1,300 miles
12/22/41
1943

 

 




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Fairey Firefly aircraft origins can be traced back to as far as 1926 when Britain's Fleet Air Arm first deployed fast aircraft. They served both fighter and reconnaissance duties.

When the Fairey Firefly first took to the sky in December of 1941, it was continuing the reconnaissance and fighter line of aircraft tradition.

When deployed in 1943, the Fairey Firefly became the Royal Navy's principal carrier borne attack aircraft. The aircraft first saw action against the German battleship Tirpitz in July of 1944.

The Fairey Firefly was faster than its predecessor by a good 40 mph. It was armed with four 20 mm cannons in the place of the eight machine guns of its predecessor. While not an air superiority aircraft, the Fairey Firefly did excel in the role of armed reconnaissance.

Pilots appreciated the excellent low speed handling characteristics of the Fairey Firefly, a plus for carrier borne aircraft.

Some Fairey Firefly aircraft incorporated the first airborne radars to be fitted to Royal Navy airplanes. These aircraft were further equipped with exhaust suppressors to keep the engine exhaust glow from giving away the aircraft's position on dark nights. They were used as night fighters and night interceptors.

Soon after VJ day, Fairey Firefly aircraft participated in supply drops to POW camps on the Japanese mainland. They remained in service well after World War II. A number saw action during the Korean War, primarily as ground attack aircraft.

As late as 1962, Royal Netherlands Fairey Firefly aircraft were in action over Indonesia.

Over 1,700 Fairey Firefly aircraft of all types were produced.

 

RC Fairey Firefly
RC Fairey Firefly

That's Carl Bachhuber and his great looking RC Fairey Firefly. Wingspan is 114 in.  Carl installed flaps and retracts on his model and powers it with a 3W75i engine.  Carl says that he was originally hesitant about flying it due to its high wing loading. However, he found that when the flaps are deployed it slows down nicely, making landings easy.

The RC Fairey Firefly slope soarer from Traplet plans has a wingspan of 45 in. and uses ailerons, rudder, and elevator for controls. All up weight is about 39 ounces.

The AMA has RC Fairey Firefly plans for sale. The smaller builds to a 50 in. wingspan and is from Flying Models. Plan no. 32720.

The larger RC Fairey Firefly from the AMA build to a 62 in. wingspan. They are from Complete A Pack. Plan no. 26599.

The RC Fairey Firefly built from a short kit from Vanguard Plans is made from balsa and plywood and has a wingspan of 49 in. Flaps and retracts are optional. Power can be a .25 2C, a .30 4C engines, or the electric equivalent.  Weight is around 5 1/2 lbs. Plans are also for sale separately.

Vanguard Plans has short kits or plans for an 80 1/2 in. wingspan RC Fairey Firefly.  Flaps and retracts are optional.  Construction is balsa and plywood.  Power can come from 1.20 2C, 1.50 to 1.80 4C engines or their electric equivalent.




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