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VO1-VC
01-15-2005, 11:23 AM
Who in the IL-2 community will identify this first ?

http://www.warplane.com/pics/l_firefly3.jpg

VO1-VC
01-15-2005, 11:23 AM
Who in the IL-2 community will identify this first ?

http://www.warplane.com/pics/l_firefly3.jpg

tora-2
01-15-2005, 11:33 AM
Fairey Firefly probably an FR5.
Wonder whether this is the first reply seeing as UBI com playing up !

VO1-VC
01-15-2005, 01:07 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by tora-2:
Fairey Firefly probably an FR5.
Wonder whether this is the first reply seeing as UBI com playing up ! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Correct! It is the Mk.5 version.

I found this info at the Canadian Warplane Museum http://www.warplane.com/pages/membership.html which has some interesting WW2 stuff.


The Firefly served as a carrier-borne reconnaissance fighter in both World War II and the Korean War. Fairey Aviation (Britain) Company's original prototype first flew in 1941 and, two years later, the aircraft became operational with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. In total, 1623 Fireflies left the assembly lines. One of the aeroplane's most interesting features is the housing of the pilot and navigator/weapons officer in separate compartments. In addition, the innovative wing flaps, when extended, increased both the wing area and, in turn, their lift. This last feature made the heavy Firefly docile during landings on aircraft carrier decks.

The Royal Canadian Navy employed 65 Fireflies of the Mk AS-5 variety on board its own aircraft carriers between 1946 and 1954. The letters 'AS' stand for anti-submarine, which was the intended primary role of the RCN's Fireflies.

The Museum's Mk 5 was the first aeroplane type acquired for CWH's collection, which explains why the Firefly is pictured on the CWH decals and letterhead. The Camden Air Museum (Australia) provided the Museum with the Firefly, which has been restored in the colours and markings of 825 (RCN) Squadron, which flew Mk 5's from the aircraft carrier HMCS 'Magnificent,' circa 1953.

tora-2
01-16-2005, 08:06 AM
The Firefly would be an interesting addition to the Pacific theatre, and would also be useful in scenarios attacking the Tirpitz etc.
Apparently they are creditted with being the first British aircraft to fly over Tokyo in July 1945.
Online it would at least have a nice arnament , 4 20mm each with 160 rounds, plus the option of 8 rockets or 2 100lb bombs. Bit like the Beaufighter in that regard even to the extent of having someone sitting as an observer saying nothing !
The mark 1 that saw action during the War would have the large chin radiator.

VW-IceFire
01-16-2005, 09:16 AM
I've seen the CWH Firefly Mark V. Its pained in Royal Canadian Navy colors. Beautiful plane, actually the first in the CWH collection. The Griffon engine is bloody loud when it starts but its a great thing to hear in the air...Firefly can really move.