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Fairey Aviation Co: Barracuda

From Graces Guide
1944.
1944.Barracuda in Flight.
1944.
1944. Barracuda Diving.
June 1944
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August 1944.
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Note: This is a sub-section of Fairey Aviation Co

Type

  • Carrier-borne monoplane torpedo and dive bomber

Designers

Manufacturers

Production Dates

  • 1941-45

Number produced

  • 2,607

Engines

Carrier-borne dive-bomber / torpedo bomber. First production machines (Mk I) revealed the aircraft to be underpowered as a result of the weight of extra equipment that had been added since the initial design.

Only 30 Mk Is were built (including five by Westland) and were used only for trials and conversion training.

Replacing the Rolls-Royce Merlin 30 with the more powerful Merlin 32 12-cylinder Vee type (1,640 hp or 1,225 kW) and a four-bladed propeller to resulted in the definitive Mk II variant of which 1,688 were manufactured by Fairey Stockport at Ringway (675), Blackburn (700), Boulton Paul Aircraft (300), and Westland (13).

A total of 2,607 Barracudas have been built.



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