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Morty_Jhones #1 Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:42 AM

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The Swordfish was a civil light transport modified for combat as a privet venture by the Fairey company.

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.

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Sorry for any spelling mistakes, I am a chronic Dyslexic and can't spell for toffee.

Querulous #2 Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:57 PM

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Rocket armed variant could fit in the game well.
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CHARM_3 #3 Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:03 PM

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Also responsible for giving the Italian Navy a good shoeing at Taranto, and for knackering the Bismark's steering gear.

Morty_Jhones #4 Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:23 PM

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I am hopeful that it will be the T1/2 ground Strafer for the Commonwealth/British tree as it served as an anti surface role for a long time even if it was seriously outclassed by mid/late war enemy fighters.

Its main advantage lay in the fact that it had a large range for the time and could operate easily from escort carriers and short airfields, while still carrying a payload heavy enough to make a difference.

Don't forget this thing could carry - Bombs, Rockets, Mines, Depth charges and torpedo's. operated as both a float and a conventional aircraft. and was as heavily armed as most early fighters.
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CHARM_3 #5 Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:46 PM

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Swordfish II LS326 flying the flag (literally) for the Royal Navy Historic Flight.

Unofficially she is known as a 'Blackfish' as she was actually built by Blackburn rather than Fairey. Royal Navy Historic Flight - Swordfish page

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