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Fleet Air Arm Aircraft

This section lists many of the aircraft flown by the RNAS/FAA since 1909 at Front Line.  Some but not all the Training and Second line a/c are included. 

They are arranged in alphabetical order by Aircraft name, except for some older a/c without a specific name e.g. Type 184 - listed as 'Short Type 1984'. 

Suggestions for additional aircraft to be included will be welcome. Please contact us if you have images or items which you believe should go into the aircraft listing.

Many aircraft are represented in the FAA Museum at Yeovilton. You Tube has five videos made by visitors explaining what is in the museum. Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4, Video 5.

Albacore

Albacore taking off from flight deck.


Albacore Torpedo Bomber
Built by: Fairey
Engine: 1 x Bristol Taurus II
Number in Crew : 3
Performance :
Max Speed : 169 mph
Ceiling : 17,000 ft.
Weapons : 1 x 18 inch torpedo bemeath fuselage. OR 6 x 250 lb bombs or 3 x 500 lb bombs below wings OR 4 x Mk.VII depth charges. Vickers gun in rear ...

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Attacker

Attacker Landing
Attacker Landing
Supermarine Attacker FB.2 WP290 of 1831 Squadron RNVR landing at RNAS Stretton, 1956



Attacker F.1 FB.
Built by: Supermarine
Engines: RR Nene-3
Number in Crew : 1
Performance :
Max Speed : 590 mph
Ceiling : 45,000 ft
Weapons : 4 x 20mm guns, 8 x 60 lb RPs OR 2 x 1000 lb bombs
Wing Span : 37 ft
Date First Flight : 17 June 1947
Date First Squadron : 17-Aug-51
Number Built: 145
In Service Dates : 1947 - 1956
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Avenger Mk.AS4

Grumman Avenger AS4


Avenger Mk.AS4 A/S Strike.
Built by: Grumman
Engines: 1 x Wright Cyclone R-2600-20
Number in Crew : 3
Performance :
Max Speed : 261 mph
Ceiling: 22,600 ft
Weapons : 2000 lbs bombs or Depth charges and 8 x 60 lb RPs.
Wing Span : 54 ft
Date First Flight : Jan 1954
Date First Squadron : May 1953
Number Built: 100
In Service Dates : 1954 - ...

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Avenger Mk.I, II, III

Avenger Mk.I HMS Trumpeter
Avenger from 849 HMS Victorious c1944
Grumman Avenger
Avenger landing on an Escort Carrier
Avenger formation
Ditched Avenger
Loading up a Grumman Avenger
Grumman Avenger


Avenger Mk.I, II , III Torpedo Bomber/Strike
Built by: Grumman - some by sub-contract by General Motors.
Engines: 1 x Wright Cyclone GR-2600-8 (Mk.III - ditto but 2600-20)
Number in Crew : 3
Performance :
Max Speed : 260 mph
Ceiling: 25,000 ft
Weapons : 1 x 22in torpedo - OR 2000 lbs bombs or Depth charges and 8 x 60 lb RPs. Plus machine guns.
Wing Span : 54 ft 2 in
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Avro Type 504

Avro 504
Avro 504s before Freidrickshaven raid


Type 504 Fighter/Bomber
Built by: Avro
Engines: 1 x Gnome or Le Rhone
Number in Crew : 1 or 2
Performance :
Max Speed : 82 mph
Ceiling : 5,000ft
Weapons : 4 x 20lb bombs or Lewis gun.
Wing Span : 36 ft
Date First Flight : July 1913
Date First Squadron : Aug 1914
Number Built: over 300
In Service Dates : 1913 - 1928
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B.E.2C.

B.E.2C


B.E.2C. A/S and Bomber
Built by: Beardmore
Engines: Renault 90hp.
Number in Crew : 1 or 2
Performance :
Max Speed : 72 mph
Ceiling : 10,000 ft
Weapons : 4 x 25lb bombs or Lewis gun.
Wing Span : 37 ft
Date First Flight : July 1913
Date First Squadron : 1914
Number Built: over 300
In Service Dates : 1914 - 1918
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Baby

Sopwith Baby
Sopwith Baby
Sopwith Baby


Baby Scout/bomber.
Built by: Sopwith
Engines: 1 x Clerget 110 or 130 hp.
Number in Crew : 1
Performance :
Max Speed : 100 mph
Ceiling : 10,000 ft
Weapons : 1 x Lewis gun and 2 x 65 lb bombs
Wing Span : 25' 8"
Date First Flight : 1914
Date First Squadron : 1918
Number Built: 285
In Service Dates : 1915 - 1917
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Baffin

Blackurn Baffins over HMS Furious 1936
Baffin


Baffin Torp Bomber.
Built by: Blackburn
Engines: 1 x Bristol Pegasus Mk.1M.3
Number in Crew : 2
Performance :
Max Speed : 136 mph
Ceiling : 15,000 ft
Weapons : 1 x torp OR 3 x 5550 lb bombs
Wing Span : 45 ft
Date First Flight : 1932
Date First Squadron : 1933
Number Built: 29 + 68 converted Ripons
In Service Dates : 1932 - 1936
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Barracuda. Mks I, II, III. V

Fairey Barracuda Mk II & Victorious
831 Barracuda HMS Furious
Barracuda rocket assisted take-off
Fairey Barracuda
Fairey Barracuda with torpedo
Fairey Barracuda 829 NAS


Barracuda. Mks I, II, III. V Strike - dive bomber.
Built by: Fairey
Engines: 1 x RR Merlin 30 or 32. For Mk.V 1 x RR Griffon 37
Number in Crew : 3
Performance :
Max Speed : 235 mph
Ceiling : 15,000 ft
Weapons : 1 x torpedo, OR 1 x 1500 lb mine, OR 4 x 500lb bombs, OR 6 x 250 lb bombs. For Mk.V - 2000lbs bombs externally.
Wing Span : 49 ft
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Beardmore W.B.III

Beardmore W.B.III


W.B.III Scout.
Built by: Beardmore
Engines: 1 x Le Rhone or Clerget
Number in Crew : 1
Performance :
Max Speed : 103 mph
Ceiling : 12,400 ft
Weapons : 1 x Lewis Gun fixed
Wing Span : 25 ft
Date First Flight : 1917
Date First Squadron : 1917
Number Built: up to 100
In Service Dates : 1917 - 1922
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Blackburn

Blackburn in flight
Blackburn, HMS Courageous c1930
422 Fleet Spotter Flt at RAF Gosport around 1931 in front of Blackburn Blackburn
1923 Blackburn Blackburn 422 Fleet Spotter Flight


Blackburn Spotter/recce.
Built by: Blackburn
Engines: 1 x Napier Lion IIB or V
Number in Crew : 3 or 4
Performance :
Max Speed : 122 mph
Ceiling : 12,950 ft
Weapons : 1 x fixed Vickers, 1 x Lewis in rear cockpit
Wing Span : 45 ft
Date First Flight : 1922
Date First Squadron : 1923
Number Built: 62
In Service Dates : 1922 - 1931
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Bucanneer S.1

Buccaneer S.1 XN981
Buccaneer S1s on the flight deck HMS Victorious
809NAS Buccaneer S1s
Buccaneer S1
Buccaneer S1 overhead HMS Tiger


Bucanneer S.1 LL Strike.
Built by: Blackburn
Engines: 2 x DH Gyron Junior 101
Number in Crew : 2
Performance :
Max Speed : 600 kts
Ceiling : 45,000 ft
Weapons : 8000 lbs Bombs, missiles, nuclear capable
Wing Span : 44 ft
Date First Flight : 30 Apl 1958
Date First Squadron : 1 July 1962
Number Built: 52
In Service Dates : 1961 ...

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Bucanneer S.2

Buccaneer S2 landing HMS Eagle 1971
Buccaneer S2


Bucanneer S.2 LL Strike.
Built by: Blackburn
Engines: 2 x Spey
Number in Crew : 2
Performance :
Max Speed : 600 kts
Ceiling : 45,000 ft
Weapons : 16,000 lbs of Bombs, missiles, with nuclear capability.
Wing Span : 44 ft
Date First Flight : 17 May 1963
Date First Squadron : 14 Oct 1965
Number Built: 84
In Service Dates : 1965 - 1978
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Camel

Sopwith Camel
HMA R 23 Airship with Camel N6814
Sopwith Camel onbaord HMS Furious
1917 Sopwith Camel
Camel on a towed lighter


Camel F.1 & F.2 Fighting Scout.
Built by: Sopwith
Engines: 1 x Clerget 130 hp or 150 hp Bentley BR.1
Number in Crew : 1
Performance :
Max Speed : 124 mph
Ceiling : 19,000 ft
Weapons : Twin synchro Vickers guns plus 4 x 25 lb bombs underwing.
Wing Span : 28 ft (F.1), 27 ft (F.2)
Date First Flight : 1916
Date First Squadron : 1917
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Corsair

Corsair HMS Formidable
Chance-Voigt Corsair 1836NAS
1834NAS Corsairs on deck HMS Victorious
Corsairs in Hangar
Corsairs on deck


Corsair Fighter.
Built by: Chance Vought
Engines: 1 x P&W Double Wasp R-2800
Number in Crew : 1
Performance :
Max Speed : 374 mph
Ceiling : 35,000 ft
Weapons : 4 or 6 x 0.5in guns in wings + 2 x 1000lb bombs
Wing Span : 41 ft
Date First Flight : 1938
Date First Squadron : 1 June 1943
Number Built: Abt 2000
In Service Dates ...

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