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Fairey Swordfish

Post  The 16th Pilot on Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:24 pm

The Fairey Swordfish was a torpedo used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during WWII. Incredibly easy to fly with a landing speed of just 67 mph, the Swordfish could operate form the smallest carriers, under the most appalling conditions.
On November 11, 1940, twenty-one Swordfish took of from the HMS Illustrious, bound for Taranto, Italy, where they attacked the Italian fleet and sunk two battleships, a cruiser, and a destroyer, with just two losses.
In May 1941, the Swordfish, armed with torpedoes, was also used to help sink the Bismark.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Swordfish



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Re: Fairey Swordfish

Post  F4U Corsair on Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:39 pm

Ah the Swordfish, if it wasn't for them the Bismark would've probably made it to France and sunk several British ships on the way. It is amazing how a plane that was that primitive was more than a match for a super Battleship.
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