Fairey Swordfish Manual: 1934 to 1945 (All Marks)

Fairey Swordfish Manual: 1934 to 1945 (All Marks)

Hardback Haynes Manuals

By (author) Jim Humberstone

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  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 272mm x 6mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 17 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Sparkford
  • ISBN 10: 0857333623
  • ISBN 13: 9780857333629
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: 300
  • Sales rank: 114,091

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Affectionately known as the 'Stringbag' by its crews, the Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo bomber was obsolete by 1939, but it still achieved some spectacular successes during the Second World War, including the famous crippling of the German battleship Bismarck in 1941. The centrepiece of this manual is Swordfish Mk II, LS326, operated by the Royal Navy Historic Flight from RNAS Yeovilton. The author and Haynes have been given unique access to this rare aircraft, which is one of only two airworthy examples in the world.

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Jim Humberstone followed a career as a conservation architect and historian. He is an explainer at the Fleet Air Arm Museum and a volunteer on the Royal Navy Historic Flight. He lives in Dorset.

Table of contents

Latest classic aircraft to receive the Haynes Manuals treatment. Published with the full cooperation of the Royal Navy Historic Flight (RNHF). Rare and previously unseen photographs of the RNHF's airworthy Swordfish undergoing major overhaul. Insights into flying and maintaining the Swordfish in wartime and today. The Royal Navy Historic Flight Swordfish is one of only two flying worldwide.