While the Fairey IIIA was designed for shipbourne use, the Fairey IIIB was a seaplane focused on bombing duties. The upper wing was extended and supported by king posts, tail surfaces were enlarged, and floats were fitted. Like the IIIA, the Fairey Patent Camber Gear was standard, allowing the ailerons to be used as flaps during takeoff for extra lift. 
|Introduction||2nd half 1918 |
|Primary user||U.K. (RNAS)|
|Developed from||Fairey IIIA|
|Wingspan||19.1 m (62 ft 9 in) |
|Engine||260hp Sunbeam Maori II|
|Armament||rear flexible Lewis|
600lb of bombs
|Max Speed||153 km/h (95 mph) |
|Climb||610 m (2,000 ft) in 5:00|
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 17:50
2,100 m (7,000 ft) in 29:00
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 37:50
|Service Ceiling||2,700 m (8,840 ft) - 3,100 m (10,300 ft)|
While twenty had been built and accepted by the Armistice, only seven were in service, with Squadrons No.219 and 220.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Fairey III.
- Nowarra, p.86.
- Nowarra, pp.200-201.
- Bruce'69, p.231.