Originally designed in 1930 the aircraft served until 1946 outlasting 3 other designs intended to replace it.
Rugged and maneuverable with long range the swordfish served st as a spotter, then as a Torpedo bomber before becoming Britain's Atlantic convoy anti sub weapon with 14 confirmed kills.
Operating from converted merchant vessels the aircraft is reported to have been easy to operate and a joy to fly. Indeed it's take of and stall speed where so low that it is unique in that it could take off and land respective the carriers relative position to the wind, even without the use of a catapult.
The aircraft also operated from Malta as an anti-shiping aircraft.
The Aircraft got there nickname of 'the string bag' not from handling or contraction but from the fact that the airframe was readily adjustable and could preform in almost any roll asked of it.
Mounting a single Vickers MG on the nose and another on a point at the rear as standard the sword fish would accept many modifications
Mk 1a (500 built)
would accept up to 2 extra guns (side by side of standard fit) and 1 torpedo (center line hull) or 1000 lb of bombs
Mk 1b (1000 built)
Special link pins where added to the landing struts allowing the aircraft to operate as a float plain.
Mk 2 (2000 built approx 500 converted Mk 1's)
The wings were reinforced allowing the mounting of Rockets (4 under each wing)and increased the bomb load to 1500 lb
MK 3 (over 2000 built)
Radar was fitted as standard
Mk 4 (only 10 built conversion kit for Mk 3 provided for over 1000 aircraft)
Enclosed Cockpit model for improved bad weather performance.
In 1944 the Barracuda started to be phased in to replace the now granddaddy design.