Based on the abandoned P.4/34 light bomber project, the Fulmar filled the Royal Navy's need for a modern fighter in the 1930s.
The Royal Navy wanted the fighter to be able to return to the carrier in any weather and felt a second crewman was necessary to act as navigator.
A dingy was included in case of ditching at sea.
The Fulmar was an all metal aircraft.
The wings could be folded back on the Fulmar to allow for better storage on a carrier.
The undercarriage retracted inwards and the tail wheel was fixed. There was also a landing hook installed.
The Fulmar was the first British carrier plane to be armed with eight machine guns.