Fairey IIIC

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Fairey IIIC
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Fairey
Introduction Nov 1918 [1]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built ~30 [1]
Developed from Fairey IIIA
Wingspan 14.0 m (46 ft 1 in) [2]
Engine 375hp Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII
Armament fixed, sync. Vickers and
rear flexible Lewis
Crew 2
Max Speed 177 km/h (110 mph) [3][2]
Climb 1,500 m (5,000 ft) in 7:00[2]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 8:00[3]
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 14:15[3]-18:00[2]
Service Ceiling 4,800 m (15,850 ft)[2] -
5,200 m (17,000 ft) [3]
Endurance 2:00 [3]

Mounting the powerful Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engine in the Fairey III was bound to produce a winning combination, but the plane arrived too late for operational service in WWI. (Though the first few were completed before the Armistice.[4])

The Fairey IIIC featured the same equal-span wings as the Fairey IIIA and the tail and floats of the IIIB. The IIIC was just starting to make its way to naval air stations in November 1918 when the war ended. The IIIC likely served at Archangel with the North Russian Expeditionary Force in 1918. [1]

The powerful engine was not the only upgrade to the IIIA: the IIIC also fitted a Sacana self-sealing petrol tank. [4]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Fairey III.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bruce, p.231.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Nowarra, pp.200-201.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Bruce, p.232.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nowarra, p.86.
Bibliography
  • 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