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Great Britain's Fairey Seafox float plane

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Fairey Seafox float plane:
Great Britain's Fairey Seafox float plane
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Fairey Seafox float plane:
Great Britain's Fairey Seafox float plane
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook

Design

The Fairey Seafox was used as a carrier plane in the Royal Navy.1 It could be launched from a catapult from a ship.1,2

Crew

The observer sat in an enclosed cabin.1

Fuselage

The fuselage had duralumin covering a metal frame.1

Wings

The Seafox's wings could be folded for storage.1 The wings were made from metal and covered in fabric.1

Prototype

The prototype of the Fairey Seafox first flew on May 27, 1936.1

Production

  • Fairey Seafox:
    • Production: 1936 - 19381

Usage

Battle of the River Plate

In December 1939 Seafoxes took part in the Battle of the River Plate by taking off from the cruisers and directing fire against the Admiral Graf Spee.1

Specifications

  Fairey Seafox
Type Reconnaissance1,2
Crew 21
Engine (Type) 1: Napier Rapier VI1
1: Napier Rapier VI H-type2
Cylinders 161
Cooling Air1,2
HP 3702, 3951
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 40'1,2
Length 35' 5"1,2
Height 12' 1"1,2
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 5,400 lb2, 5,420 lb1
Performance  
Speed 125 mph2
Speed @ 5,860' 124 mph1
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 11,000'1
Range 440 miles1, 450 miles2
Armament 1: MG1
Cockpit rear 1: MG2

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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