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Fairey (Paperback)

1915-60

Aviation

Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Aviation Industry
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781802823776
Published: 18th January 2023

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One of the many ingredients required for creating a great aircraft company is the ability to diversify, and this was just one of the strengths that would keep the Fairey Aviation Company in business from 1915 through to 1960. Like so many other aircraft manufacturers of the day, it found its feet by taking on sub-contract work, and, while this was being carried out, it began to build on its own aircraft portfolio. Fairey did not just sit back and produce aircraft in line with specifications, they designed new features that would be incorporated in all aircraft in the future. The company’s greatest, and most surprising, success story came about when the ubiquitous Swordfish, affectionately known as the ‘Stringbag’ entered production in 1936. The company’s venture into rotary wing aircraft would eventually become its undoing, despite huge technical achievements being achieved in a very short space of time. Soaked up by Westlands in 1960, the legacy of the company’s final aircraft, the Rotodyne, still lives on today, and only now, in the 21st Century, is the world really ready for such a fantastic machine. This book explores the fascinating history of the company and the aircraft it produced.

There is a well-illustrated introduction to the Fairey Company in this volume, but it mainly consists of comprehensive descriptions of every Fairey design.

As well as the well-known naval aircraft, it provides fascinating insights into little-known variants, such as the huge Kennedy Giant and the Fairey Fox, used in large numbers by the Belgian Air Force. Succinct and informative, it should be on every enthusiast’s bookshelf.

Society of Friends, Fleet Air Arm Museum

This has proven to be another excellent addition to the series from Key Publishing, & I'm definitely going to be building up a collection of these books on my shelves.

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