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Great Britain's Fairey Albacore torpedo-bomber

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Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Fairey Albacore torpedo-bomber:
Great Britain's Fairey Albacore torpedo-bomber
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Fairey Albacore torpedo-bomber:
Great Britain's Fairey Albacore torpedo-bomber

Design

The design of the Fairey Albacore was an improved Fairey Swordfish.1,2 Though it was more advanced than the Swordfish it wasn't as successful.2

The Albacore's frame was all metal with only the wings covered in fabric.2

The Fairey Albacore could be equipped with floats instead of landing gear.3

Prototype

The Albacore prototype first flew in December 1938 / December 12, 19382.1 It had a wheeled undercarriage.1 The second prototype had twin floats.1

Production

  • Albacore: 7981, 8002
    • Manufacturer: Fairey Aviation Co. Ltd.2

Usage

Entered service with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm in 1940.1

First Action

The first action of the Albacores was an attack on Boulogne in September 1940.1

Battle of Cape Matapan

The HMS Formidable sent off Albacores during the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941.1

Battle of Alamein

Albacores took part in the Battle of Alamein in October 1942.1

Specifications

  Fairey Albacore
Type Reconnaissance3, Spotting3, Torpedo2, Torpedo bomber1,3
Crew 31,2
Engine (Type) Bristol Taurus II piston1,2,3
Cylinders Radial1,3, Radial 142
Cooling Air2,3
HP 1,0651,2,3
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 50'1,2,3
15.24 m1
Length 39' 9"2, 39' 9.5"1, 39' 10"3
12.13 m1
Height 14' 2"3, 15' 3"1,2
4.65 m1
Wing area 623 ft2 1
57.88 m2 1
Weight  
Empty 7,200 lb1
3,266 kg1
Loaded 12,600 lb1,2
5,715 kg1
Performance  
Speed 200 mph3
Speed @ 4,000' 161 mph2
Speed @ 7,000' /
2,135 m
161 mph1
259 kph1
Climb to 6,000' /
1,830 m
8 minutes1
Service ceiling 20,700'1,2
6,310 m1
Range 820 miles1, 930 miles2
1,319 km1
Armament 3: MG2
Forward firing 1: 7.7 mm Vickers MG1
Rear cockpit 2: 7.7 mm Vickers "K" MGs1
Torpedo 1,610 lb2
18"1
0.45 m1
OR  
Bombs 2,000 lb1
907 kg1

Sources:

  1. Fighting Aircraft of World War II, Editor: Karen Leverington, 1995
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  3. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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