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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. Though it was more advanced than the Swordfish it wasn't as successful.

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

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

Prototype

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

Production

  • Albacore: 798, 800
    • Manufacturer: Fairey Aviation Co. Ltd.

Usage

Entered service with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm in 1940.

First Action

The first action of the Albacores was an attack on Boulogne in September 1940.

Battle of Cape Matapan

The HMS Formidable sent off Albacores during the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941.

Battle of Alamein

Albacores took part in the Battle of Alamein in October 1942.

Specifications

  Fairey Albacore
Type Reconnaissance, Spotting, Torpedo, Torpedo bomber
Crew 3
Engine (Type) Bristol Taurus II piston
Cylinders Radial, Radial 14
Cooling Air
HP 1,065
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 50'
15.24 m
Length 39' 9", 39' 9.5", 39' 10"
12.13 m
Height 14' 2", 15' 3"
4.65 m
Wing area 623 ft2
57.88 m2
Weight  
Empty 7,200 lb
3,266 kg
Loaded 12,600 lb
5,715 kg
Performance  
Speed 200 mph
Speed @ 4,000' 161 mph
Speed @ 7,000' /
2,135 m
161 mph
259 kph
Climb to 6,000' /
1,830 m
8 minutes
Service ceiling 20,700'
6,310 m
Range 820 miles, 930 miles
1,319 km
Armament 3: MG
Forward firing 1: 7.7 mm Vickers MG
Rear cockpit 2: 7.7 mm Vickers "K" MGs
Torpedo 1,610 lb
18"
0.45 m
OR  
Bombs 2,000 lb
907 kg

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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