Fairey Hamble Baby

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Fairey Hamble Baby
Role Seaplane/landplane
Manufacturer Fairey
Introduction 1917
Primary user 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 140 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 from 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.

Game Data

Wings of Glory

Preliminary Stats
Version Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
single-gun 17Q3-18Q4 Y B 14 6 7
twin-gun Y A 14 6 7

Plane and Crew Cards

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale


Orthographic Drawings


  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.