Fairey Swordfish

The venerable, extraordinary and much loved Fairey Swordfish - one of the unsung heroes of WWII. Regarded as obsolete at the onset of hostilities it went on to outlive aircraft designed to replace it and provided sterling service in all theatres throughout the war. Perfectly suited to the demands of warfare at sea and, in particular, service on MAC ships or small escort carriers, it sank a greater tonnage of enemy shipping than any other British aircraft. It could cope with almost any role it was asked to perform and could carry a ton of ordnance which was greater than the twin engine Blenheim bomber. We maintain the last two flying examples in the world (W5856 & LS326) here at our hangar at RNAS Yeovilton.