Fairey Swordfish Mk1 – 810 Sqn Royal Navy Pre-War (Historic Flight)
Swordfish Mk1 – 810 Sqn Royal Navy Pre-War (Historic Flight)
2 in stock
2 in stock
Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA36302: Fairey Swordfish Mk1 W5856 of 810 Sqn Royal Navy, HMS Ark Royal 1939. This aircraft is the oldest surviving Swordfish in the World, currently preserved in flying condition at the Royal Navy Historic Flight at Yeovilton in Somerset. Finished in natural metal sheme with delightfully bright pre-war squadron markings, the Corgi model is absolutely superb, with folding wings and authentic looking wire rigging on the wings and tailplane. Limited edition of only 3850.
Length 6 inches Wingspan 7.75 inches
The Fairey Swordfish, the legendary ‘Stringbag’, was a Torpedo Spotter Reconnaissance biplane dive-bomber which went into service with the Fleet Air Arm pre-war in 1936. Initially, Swordfishes operated from the large fleet carriers. Later Swordfishes operated from escort carriers, and were very effective against U-boats. The nickname Stringbag indicated the versatility of the Swordfish, which could carry an unlikely combination of loads, but also referred to its jungle of bracing wires, which belonged to a past age. The Swordfish remained operational until the end of the war, gaining the distinction of being the last biplane to see active service. In May 1941 Swordfish from HMS Ark Royal played a central role in sinking the German battleship Bismarck. On 24 May, 1941 the new carrier HMS Victorious launched nine Swordfish to intercept the Bismarck in the North Atlantic Ocean, but with bad weather conditions the aircraft only scored a single hit. On 26 May 1941, 15 Swordfish were launched by the carrier HMS Ark Royal, but attacked the British cruiser Sheffield by mistake, but later in the day 15 Swordfish were launched into a storm carrying torpedoes armed with contact detonators, they scored two hits on the German battleship: one did no damage, but the other struck the Bismarck’s steering gear. None of the aircraft were lost in the attack, though a German officer said, ” It was incredible to see such obsolete-looking planes having the nerve to attack a fire-spitting mountain like the Bismarck.” The Bismarck was sunk by gunfire from the Royal Navy Fleet the next day.
This spotter-reconnaissance aircraft, built by the Fairey Aviation Company for the British Royal Navy, was first flown on February 22nd, 1934. Nicknamed “Stringbag” after a housewife’s string shopping bag, the Swordfish could carry an unlikely combination of loads. It could lift off a carrier deck with a standard torpedo, although this made it vulnerable to fighter attack. Its low speed and stable stance made it easy to line up for a torpedo attack, as it did against the German Bismark and on the Italian naval base at Taranto, where 21 Swordfish destroyed three battleships, a cruiser, two destroyers and other warships.