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The Fairey Spearfish was a prototype dive-bomber which never saw military service. The Spearfish was a large aircraft with an internal weapons bay, and equipped with a remotely-controlled gun turret. Although not specially fast, with a wingspan exceeding 60ft the Spearfish was one of the largest single-engined aircraft designed for carrier operations. The Spearfish was designed to specification O.5/43 as a replacement for the Barracuda dive- bomber. The aircraft was powered by a single Centaurus engine driving a five-bladed propellor. Stores were carried in a bomb-bay and could include a single torpedo or 2,000lb of bombs or mines. Armament comprised two .5in Browning guns in the wings and two more in a remotely controlled dorsal barbette while sixteen RPs could be carried under the wings. ASV radar would be contained in a retractable 'dustbin' aft of the bomb-bay.

The first prototype RA356 flew on 5 July 1945. Five aircraft were completed, of which four  flew, but the end of the war with Japan concluded the programme. Several were used for trials for some years after the war by the CTU.

 Five built.

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      Fairey Spearfish
      Total FAA 1939-1945             5 built none in FAA
      First delivered to RN:             1946 for trials
      First squadron 1939-1945:       None
      Operational squadron:             None
      Last served with RN               None
Aircraft Type:
Fairey Spearfish
Mark:
Prototype
Primary Role:
Monoplane torpedo bomber
First Flight: 
prototype 5 July 1945
Date operating with FAA squadrons:
1946
Manufacturer:
Fairey
Engine:
One 2585 hp Bristol Centaurus 57 engine
 Wing Span: Length: Height: Wing Area: 
Wing span: 60.00 ft
Length: 44.95 ft
Height: 16.00 ft
Wing area: 529 sq  ft 
Empty Weight: Max.Weight:
Max wt: 22050 lb
Speed: 

Ceiling: 

Range:

Speed:  298 miles/hour (482km/h)
Ceiling:
Range: 570 miles (1440km) 
Armament: 
Armament: 4 machine guns 12.7mm 
Bombs 2000lbs
Crew:
2
Squadrons:
-
Battle honours:
-
Additional references and notes:
-

Battle Honours and Operational History
None with FAA


Surviving aircraft and relics
Believed extinct

Associations and reunions
No information
FURTHER INFORMATION
 
British Military Prototypes British military prototypes and research aircraft 1946 to date http://www.gsansom.demon.co.uk/vfaero/oneoff/vf11.htm#Cancelled
Fairey "Spearfish" in Samoloty 1,5 Nieznane konstrukcje, prototypy, projekty Fairey "Spearfish"Jednosilnikowy pok?adowy samolot torpedowy i bombowy
nurkuj?cy History and technical details [in Polish only] 
Fairey Spearfish 22" span Veron Model Spearfish kit  Details of model kit Spearfish with photos
Fairey Aircraft Since 1915 (Putnam Aviation Series)
 H. A. Taylor--Hardcover
Created 3-4-1999, Modified 3-4-2000

 

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