“Short of performance and sadly lacking in manoeuvrability.......a disaster as a deck landing aircraft”
Well, here’s my submission to mustangs ‘45-‘50 naval challenge. This is most definitely a period of interest to me, as you could probably tell from my collection of Fleet Air Arm builds. Blackburn’s work is most definitely an interest to me and they had a lot of projects that were sidelined for various reasons.
Many moons ago I made a ‘Firebrand’ and it definitely missed several hundred parts and gadgets. I thank mustang for motivating me in to doing the aircraft more justice.
The Firebrand was a interesting specimen. Beautiful, powerful and deadly - mostly to the rookies who’s first draft was to the FAA following the ending of the Second World War. In the words of highly experienced test pilot Eric Brown, the aircraft was 'short of performance and sadly lacking in manoeuvrability, especially in rate of roll.' Mr Brown was not the firebrands best critic as it turned out and went further to state the type was 'a disaster as a deck-landing aircraft.' Beautiful. Powerful. Deadly.
A big thanks to RamboJutter and his skills who rescued this build from being a non-starter. Cheers mate once again!
AG1 - flaps
AG2 - Tail-hook
- Predecessor 1945-1950 Naval Aviation Challenge (Closed)
- Created On iOS
- Wingspan 51.8ft (15.8m)
- Length 39.2ft (12.0m)
- Height 17.5ft (5.3m)
- Empty Weight 4,327lbs (1,962kg)
- Loaded Weight 7,987lbs (3,623kg)
- Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.579
- Wing Loading 27.9lbs/ft2 (136.2kg/m2)
- Wing Area 286.2ft2 (26.6m2)
- Drag Points 2538
- Number of Parts 376
- Control Surfaces 5
- Performance Cost 1,552