Full Size Printed Peanut Scale Plans Fairey 'Fulmar' Aircraft that was a delight to fly
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Aircraft that was a delight to fly
One Full size Printed plan on an 11” x 17” sheet
Three Pages of notes and photos
By David G. Diels
THE CONCEPT for the development of the Fairey 'Fulmar' came from the Royal Navy's need for an up-to-date fleet fighter to operate from the smaller carriers of the period. The result was an aircraft that was a delight to fly, reasonably heavily armed with a useful operational range. Sadly the specification called for an additional crew member to cope with the navigational requirements of a carrier based aircraft. This led inevitably to a reduction in performance compared to its land-based contemporaries. Nevertheless the Fairey 'Fulmar' stood the Navy in good stead until the later days of the war when American aircraft such as the 'Corsair' and 'Hellcat' made their appearance.
The Fairey 'Fulmar' was a development from the P.4/34 two-seat light bomber. The first prototype flew in January, 1940 and over 240 'Fulmar MkI's' were subsequently built, powered by the Merlin VIII. Not surprisingly the 'Fulmar' was kept secret until mention was made in Parliament late in 1940. Its first operational sorties were in the Mediterranean theatre in 1941 where one squadron of 'Fulmars' from HMS 'For- midable' was involved in an attack on a group of enemy warships including Italy's finest, the battleship 'Vittorio Veneto'. In all some 650 'Fulmars' (MksI and II) were built during World War II.