Swordfish

A biplane operated by the Royal Navy prior to and throughout WWII and now a significant national asset which has come to represent the very essence of both the Fleet Air Arm and wider naval ethos of the 'can-do, will-do' attitude.

Aircraft details:

Engine: Bristol Pegasus, 9-cylinder radial, 27 litres delivering 750 hp
Speed: 130 knots (maximum), 90 knots (cruise)
Endurance: 167 gallon fuel tank giving approx 4 hours endurance
Armament: One Torpedo (1600 Ib) or two 500 lb bombs, mines or depth charges.  Fixed forward firing Vickers gun and movable .303 Lewis gun in the rear cockpit. Eight 60 lb HE rockets or armour piercing rockets on rails under the main plane
Ceiling: 12,400 feet 
Crew: Pilot, Observer and Telegraphist Air Gunner (TAG) - WWII crew composition
Marks: Mk I, Mk II (Mk II differed from Mk I by having a metal skin on the underside of the lower wing so that rockets could be launched without damage to the linen skin); 
Mk III (differed from the Mk II in that it was a two seater with the Observer sitting in the TAG position able to monitor a bulky Air to Surface Vessel Mk XI radar that was fixed between the main undercarriage legs);
Mk IV (was a Mk II with an enclosed cockpit operated by the Canadians)

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