INDEX OF NAVAL AIRCRAFT
Two prototype Seafoxes were built by Fairey at Hamble under Contract No. 333000/34 to spec S.11/32. They were on charge in September 1939 and had an unusual design that had an open cockpit for the pilot, but an enclosed canopy for the observer. The first flight was on 27 May 1936, and a contract awarded in January 1936 for 49 aircraft, with 15 more being awarded in September 1936. Sea trials were carried out aboard HMS Neptune off Gibraltar.
By the beginning of the War in September 1939, the Fleet Air Arm had
on charge the 2 prototypes and 49 Mk I Seafoxes, the first, K8579,
of which reached 754 squadron in October 1939. These were distributed on
the following capital ships and to 773 squadron at Bermuda:
A total of 66 Seafox catapult-launched versions had been built, and 311 Foxes built by the end of its production in 1943.
The Seafox and Fox saw service with the Fleet Air Arm, air forces of Belgium, Peru and Switzerland. The Seafox also saw service with the ships in Royal Australian Navy Service (Modified Leander Class) including HMAS Perth, HMAS Sydney and HMAS Hobart, after which they were replaced by the Fairey Swordfish.
"Fox" I : first production version
"Fox" IA : upgraded Rolls-Royce"Kestrel" engine, first flight 29 August, 1924
"Fox" II : "Kestrel" IIS engine, built under license in Belgium by SABCA, 43 built
"Fox" III : upgraded version, 13 built in Belgium
"Fox" IIIC : upgraded "Fox" II, 48 built in Belgium
"Fox" IIIS : trainer, four built in Belgium
"Fox" IV : equipped with floats instead of wheels, six built for Peru
"Fox" V : experimental "Fox" II with Hispano Suiza 12Ybrs engine
"Fox" VI : two-seat reconnaisance aircraft and fighter, 85 built by Avions-Fairey in Belgium, two with closed cockpits built for
Switzerland, later used as trainers
"Fox" VII : upgraded fighter version of "Fox" VI, two built in Belgium
"Fox" VIII : upgraded "Fox" VI, 12 built in Belgium
"Seafox" : catapult-launched version, 66 built
Fleet Air Arm Seafox
2 built by Fairey at Hamble under Contract No. 333000/34 to spec S.11/32 and on charge 9.1939
Prdtn Mk I first 49 built under Contract No 471996/35 to spec 40/35 on charge 9.39
First to RN: to Admiralty 2.40 (K8570)
First sqdn: 10.39 754 sqdn (K8579)
Last: 7.45 753 Lee on Solent (K8607)
RAF Fairey Fox J9026 pre-war
In others action Fairey Seafox including K8571 of 700 squadron were lost when Orion was sunk off Crete on 10 March 1941.
The Fairey Fox also had a brief but successful operational career in WWII. It is reported that the type mounted nearly one hundred individual sorties during May 1940 by the Belgian Air Force. One German Bf109 was also claimed as a probable destroyed during the conflict by Lieutenant Etienne Dufossez.
Belgian Fairey Fox 0-23 of the 6th Training sqdn