This is a one week experiment I’ve been working on. Enjoy, and READ THE CONTROLS.
BACKSTORY: (from wikipedia ‘Paragraph one, article one’)
The Fairey Firefly was a British Second World War-era carrier-borne fighter aircraft and anti-submarine aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA). Designed to the contemporary FAA concept of a two-seat fleet reconnaissance/fighter, the pilot and navigator/weapons officer were housed in separate stations. It was superior in performance and firepower to its predecessor, the Fulmar, but entered operational service only towards the end of the war when it was no longer competitive as a fighter. The limitations of a single engine in a heavy airframe reduced its performance, but it proved to be sturdy, long-ranged, and docile in carrier operations.
I’ve been working on mechanical flaps for a while, and I thought I’d put my experiences to the test by making a fairey firefly. The flaps on this replica may not be accurate, but they can do everything that the actual flaps can do on the real fairey firefly. The firefly was in service from 1941 to 1955. Even though it was heavy, it had a powerful V-12 liquid-cooled Rolls Royce Griffon engine.
x4 Hispano Mk.V 20mm cannons, x2 SC250 250lb bombs
MAX. SPEED (at sea level)
AG1: Drop bombs
AG2: Activate carrier landing mode
AG3: Activate braking chute (for carrier landing)
~Bent flaps only works when gear is down for landing
~Trim for combat flaps while inflight
~Performs best at 500-2000 ft.
~Pull up hard on takeoff or use 4/5 flaps.
Sorry, there are not teacup memes on the plane, so here’s one:
- This plane has been featured
- Created On Mac
- Wingspan 35.5ft (10.8m)
- Length 34.3ft (10.5m)
- Height 13.0ft (4.0m)
- Empty Weight 4,380lbs (1,987kg)
- Loaded Weight 9,683lbs (4,392kg)
- Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.361
- Wing Loading 20.1lbs/ft2 (98.1kg/m2)
- Wing Area 482.0ft2 (44.8m2)
- Drag Points 4914
- Number of Parts 178
- Control Surfaces 10