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Fairey Albacore

To replace the obsolete Swordfish biplane the RN ordered another biplane, the Albacore. The Albacore had refinements, such as an enclosed cockpit and better streamlining; but it was obsolete when it entered service and lacked the qualities that had made the Swordfish successful. It was retired before the Swordfish.
In Canada, the open cockpits of some Swordfish were fitted with sliding hoods for more comfortable winter operations.
General characteristics
Primary function Torpedo bomber
Power plant One Bristol Taurus XII two-row radial engine
Thrust 1,130 HP 843 kW
Wingspan 50 ft 15.24 m
Length 40 ft 12.18 m
Height 12.5 ft 3.81 m
Wingarea 607 sq ft 56.39 sq m
Weight empty 7,250 lb 3,289 kg
max. 12,500 lb 5,670 kg
Speed 159 mph 256 km/h
Ceiling 20,700 ft 6,310 m
Range 932 mi 1,500 km
Armament 2x 7.7mm machine gun, 730 kg torpedo or up to 700 kg bombs
Crew Three
First flight prototype 12.12.1938
Date deployed 1940
Number built 800

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