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Fairey Gannet AEW3

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Designed initially as an anti-submarine strike aircraft with Double Mamba turbines driving co-axial propellers, the first prototype Fairey Gannet made its maiden flight on 19 September 1949 from Aldermaston and its first carrier landing on 19 June 1950 on the deck of HMS Illustrious. The first production Gannet AS.1 made its initial flight from Northolt on 9 June 1953. These aircraft were equipped with sonobuoys, markers and flares and were armed with various combinations of homing torpedoes, depth charges and mines in a bomb bay.

The completely redesigned Gannet AEW.3 airborne early warning aircraft entered service in 1960. Carrying a crew of three, it had a maximum speed of 250 mph, a range of 700 miles and a ceiling of 25000 feet. Ironically, the type was withdrawn from service in 1977, just before the Falklands conflict revealed the value of the surveillance that this remarkable aircraft would have been able to provide.

The Museumís aircraft, previously at Sandtoft, Lincolnshire, was the last Gannet in service with No 849 Squadron and the last Gannet to display at air shows. It was acquired by the Museum with the assistance of a grant from the Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund, and by donations from the Beverley Association and Museum supporters.
Source: Yorkshire Air Musem
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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...


Comments

Fairey must have made ugly aircraft their speciality.
AUG 13, 2016 - 08:12 PM
this aircraft served as laison, asw,and other duties in many countries.
AUG 14, 2016 - 10:13 AM
france,india,germany ,and others.
AUG 14, 2016 - 10:18 AM
I don't think France or India flew the Gannet Ulises. It served with the Royal Navy, Australian Navy, the German and Indonesian Navy. The French had the Breguet Alizť, which was a little more prettier than the Gannet! tim
AUG 14, 2016 - 11:20 AM
The Alize always reminded me of a Gannet that could do with a few good meals! Neither of them the prettiest of craft, but the Gannet looked, well, steadfast and functional. Would love to do one in 48th scale, but Mrs WRK might rebel at the cost...
AUG 23, 2016 - 11:28 AM
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