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CountryUnited Kingdom
ManufacturerFairey Aviation
Primary RoleHeavy Fighter
Maiden Flight13 January 1937


ww2dbaseThe Fulmar carrier-borne fighter design encountered some design difficulties, but eventually was able to produce an acceptable prototype. An order for 127 aircraft was given in mid-1938, and production began in 1940. In Jul 1940, the British Royal Navy's No. 806 Squadron Fleet Air Arm aboard HMS Illustrious was given Fulmar aircraft; the pilots of the No. 806 Squadron noted the aircraft as too large and unwieldy when engaging in combat with single-seat land-based Axis fighters, though nevertheless they were successful on the Malta convoy missions, shooting down 10 Italian bombers and six Axis fighters by fall of 1940. In the Nov 1940 attack on Taranto, Italy, they flew top cover for the Swordfish torpedo bombers. Starting in 1942, modern designs slowly replaced Fulmar fighters in combat roles, but their high fuel capacity and the great range kept them in reconnaissance and convoy escort roles. Production of these aircraft ceased in Feb 1943 after 600 were built. On 8 Feb 1945, they were officially retired from service. Fulmar fighters destroyed a total of 112 aircraft during the war.

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Last Major Revision: Jun 2008


MachineryOne Rolls-Royce Merlin 30 liquid-cooled inline V12 engine rated at 1,300hp
Armament8x7.9mm forward Browning machine guns, optional 1x7.7mm rear Vickers K machine gun, 2x45kg bombs or 1x110kg bomb
Span14.13 m
Length12.25 m
Height4.27 m
Wing Area32.00 m²
Weight, Empty3,182 kg
Weight, Loaded4,387 kg
Weight, Maximum4,627 kg
Speed, Maximum438 km/h
Service Ceiling8,300 m
Range, Normal780 km


Fulmar Mk I carrier fighter at rest, 1940Fulmar Mk I carrier fighter in flight, 1940, photo 1 of 2
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Fulmar Mk I carrier fighter at rest, 1940Fulmar Mk I carrier fighter in flight, 1940, photo 1 of 2
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