The Fairey Gannet formed the backbone of the Fleet Air Arm's anti-submarine squadrons in the mid-1950s. This formidable machine was the first aircraft in the world to be powered by a coupled turboprop engine and the first FAA aeroplane to combine search and strike roles. The first prototypes were ordered as early as 1946, while the first production aircraft were handed over to the Royal Navy in the spring of 1954. In addition to the British crews, Australian, West German and Indonesian pilots flew this type of aircraft, with the latter giving up their mounts in the late 1960s. This volume deals with the anti-submarine and strike variants.
actual size 11 ¾ in x 8 ¼ in (297 x 210 mm)
paperback, 36 pages (8 pages in colour) and large-format sheet of original 1/72 line drawings
35 colour, 97 b/w photos
type history and technical description
3 pages colour camouflage profiles
interior and undercarriage drawings etc.