Fairey Hamble Baby
|Fairey Hamble Baby|
|Primary user||U.K. (RNAS)|
|Number built||180 [note 1]|
|Developed from||Sopwith Baby|
|Wingspan||8.48 m (27 ft 10 in) |
|Engine||110 or 130hp Clerget rotary|
|Armament||fixed sync. Lewis|
|Max Speed||140 km/h (90 mph) |
|Climb||610 m (2,000 ft) in 5:30|
910 m (3,000 ft) in 8:30
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 25:00
2,100 m (7,000 ft) in 28:30
|Service Ceiling||2,300 m (7,600 ft)|
One of the problems encountered by the Sopwith Baby seaplane was generating sufficient lift at takeoff while carrying a bomb load. Fairey approached the problem by turning the trailing edges of the wings into lift-increasing flaps during takeoff and reverting them to normal aileron use while airborne. It was effective: the Baby could carry two 29 kg (65 lb) bombs with relative ease for such a modestly sized and powered aeroplane. The Babys performed coastal patrol form England and Mediterranean bases as well as working from the seaplane carrier Empress.
The last batch of seventy-four machines were built as a conventional landplane and were known as the Parnall Hamble Baby Convert. 
For more information, see Wikipedia:Fairey Hamble Baby.
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
Plane and Crew Cards
Miniatures and Models
- Shapeways (seaplane): Kampfflieger, Reduced Aircraft Factory
- Shapeways (Convert): Reduced Aircraft Factory
- Of which the last 74 were Converts.
- Bruce, p.223.
- Nowarra, p.96.
- Nowarra, pp.200-201.
- J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
- Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070
- Ray Rimmell and Colin A. Owers, "Fairey Hamble Baby". Windsock International, Vol. 5, No. 2, Summer 1989, pp.7-9. UK: Albatros Publications, Ltd.