Little Fairey Swordfish Did Big Damage
Fairey Swordfish- Biplane Torpedo Bomber
The Swordfish, with its old appearance reminiscent of First World War planes, was an unusual presence in the skies and on the front lines of World War 2. Even though surrounded by fighters and bombers that looked nothing like it with their smoother fuselages, the Swordfish performed well for the RAF and the Royal Navy. The Fairey Swordfish MkII was the most common model, with over one thousand planes being produced.
- Both a spotter and torpedo bomber, the Swordfish’s accomplishments, although great, remained under the radar if compared to other World War 2 planes. First destined to be produced for Greece and its navy, the plane manufactured by Fairey Aviation eventually ended up in service of the RAF in 1936.
- While it was meant to spot enemy ships and their gunfire, the Swordfish was soon fitted with torpedoes and given a bigger part to play in the conflicts.
A biplane able to seat three crew members, the Fairey Swordfish MkII was both a big and a slow aircraft, but it wasn’t fragile. Even though its design was obsolete, the fuselage was built completely out of metal, then covered with fabric. Its military service ended with the Second World War.