Fairey Hamble Baby

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Fairey Hamble Baby
Role Seaplane/landplane
Manufacturer Fairey
Introduction 1917
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built 180[1][2] [note 1]
Developed from Sopwith Baby
Wingspan 8.48 m (27 ft 10 in) [3]
Engine 110 or 130hp Clerget rotary
Armament fixed sync. Lewis
2×65lb bombs
Crew 1
Max Speed 145 km/h (90 mph) [1][3]
Climb 610 m (2,000 ft) in 5:30[1]
910 m (3,000 ft) in 8:30[3]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 25:00[1]
2,100 m (7,000 ft) in 28:30[3]
Service Ceiling 2,300 m (7,600 ft)[1][3]
Endurance 2:00 [1]

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. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Fairey Hamble Baby.

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
17Q3-18Q4 Y A 14 6 7

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  1. Of which the last 74 were Converts.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Bruce, p.223.
  2. Nowarra, p.96.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 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.