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Fairey Firefly

Two-seat reconaissance fighter. It was a low-wing monoplane with a wide-track undercarriage, smaller than the Fulmar that preceded it, and provided with a more powerful engine. The design was deliberately conventional, to bring it into service quickly. Early Fireflies had a deep 'beard' radiator, later models had wing leading root intakes. The concept of the two-seat fighter may have been mistaken, but the Firefly was a versatile aircraft, taking part not only in WWII but also in the Korean war. The last of the 1702 built was delivered in 1956. The Firefly ended its career as a target drone.

General characteristics Firefly F.I

Primary function Fighter, reconaissance, night fighter, anti-submarine aircraft
Power plant One Rolls-Royce Griffon IIB inline engine
Thrust 1,730 HP 1,290 kW
Wingspan 44.5 ft 13.55 m
Length 37.4 ft 11.4 m
Height 13.6 ft 4.15 m
Wingarea 330 sq ft 30.66 sq m
Speed 316 mph 509 km/h
Ceiling 22,890 ft 8,500 m
Range 1,305 mi 2,100 km
Armament 4x 20mm cannon, 907 kg bombs
Crew Two
First flight 22.12.1941
Date deployed August 1942
Number built 1702 (all versions)

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