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Fairey Barracuda

The first monoplane torpedo bomber of the RN. It was said that the Barracuda was designed by a committee and built in a madhouse. In fact, it was not that bad an aircraft, but early versions were seriously underpowered, and it was certainly ugly. The Barracuda was a shoulder-wing design with large slotted Fairey-Youngman flaps and a T-tail.

General characteristics Barracuda Mk. II
Primary function Torpedo bomber
Power plant One water-cooled Rolls-Royce Merlin 32 in-line engine
Thrust 1,640 HP 1,223 kW
Wingspan 47.6 ft 14.50 m
Length 40 ft 12.18 m
Height 15 ft 4.58 m
Wingarea 405 sq ft 37.62 sq m
Weight empty 9,800 lb 4,445 kg
max. 14,080 lb 6,386 kg
Speed 210 mph 338 km/h
Ceiling 21,600 ft 6,585 m
Range 724 mi 1,165 km
Armament 2x 7.7mm machine gun; 744 kg torpedo or bombs
Crew Three
First flight prototype 7.12.1940
Date deployed 1943
Number built 2,572

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