Canadian Warplanes 5: Fairey Firefly

Fairey Firefly

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3222713)

Fairey Firefly AS Mk. V, RCN, Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, 1949.

Fairey Firefly FR Mk. 1, (29), (Serial Nos. DK445, DK485, DK535, DK537, DK545, DK555, DK560, DK561, DK563- DK565, DK569, MB566, MB579, MB588, MB668, MB748, PP402, PP408, PP411- PP413, PP426, PP431, PP456, PP457, PP460, PP462, PP467), T Mk. I (3), (Serial Nos. DT975, MB433, MB443), T Mk. II (1), (Serial No. MB694), FR Mk. IV (13), (Serial Nos. TW741, TW753, VG963, VG966, VG971, VG979, VG997, VH123, VH126, VH128, VH129, VH131, VH143), AS Mk. V (11), (Serial Nos. VH125, VH130, VH134- VH142), for a total of 57 aircraft.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3222712)

Fairey Firefly AS Mk. V, RCN, Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, 1949.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3222714)

Fairey Firefly AS Mk. V, RCN, Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, 1949.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3241480)

Fairey Firefly AS Mk. V, RCN, 1949.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3198901)

Fairey Firefly F.R. Mk. I (Serial No. MB579), coded AB-U, of No. 826 Squadron piloted by Lieutenant-Commander(P) J.W. Roberts after hitting No. 2 Barrier aboard HMCS Magnificent, 18 Feb 1950.

(Dave Tyre)

Fairey Firefly catapult launch. HMCS Warrior, c1947, Caribbean ops.  The actual name of the catapult in this ship was "accelerator".  Unlike more modern ships, this was a complex hydraulic system requiring regular repair.  The guy with the flags is the Flight Deck Officer who directs the actual launch when receiving clearance from Flyco.  Once he drops the green flag, it takes several seconds to fire the accelerator.  Bridles and hold-backs were still issues being resolved during this era. (Photo from J. Tyre collection).

(Dave Tyre)

Fairey Firefly in full deck run launch, HMCS Warrior, c1947.  Caribbean.  These launches were the preferred method if wind over the deck was sufficient. (As aircraft became heavier and payloads increased catapult launches became predominant and, by the 1970s, the only way to get airplanes aloft).

(Dave Tyre)

Hoisting and ranging aircraft in preparation for flight ops, HMCS WARRIOR, Caribbean circa 1947. British-design carriers mounted hangar elevators on the ship's centerline, through the flightdeck. This kept the ship relatively stable as the centre of gravity shifted, particularly in rough weather. (In contrast, USN carriers moved aircraft elevators to the ships sides.)  (Photo from J. Tyre collection)

(RCN Photo)

HMCS Warrior, turned into the wind to launch Firefly squadrons, 1947.

(RN Photo)

Fairey Firefly Mk. 1, Royal Navy, ca 1944.  

(RN Photo)

Fairey Firefly Mk. 1 landing, Royal Navy, ca 1944.

(RCN Photo via Bruce Dealhoy)

Fairey Firefly Mk. 1, HMCS Magnificent.

(RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Fairey Firefly Mk. 1, on board an RCN carrier.

(RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Fairey Firefly Mk. 1, RCN, on deck.

(RCN Photo)

Fairey Firefly Mk. 1.

 (RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Fairey Firefly Mk. 1, RCN.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3199292)

Faiery Firefly Mk. I being loaded with 3-inch rockets armed with a 60-lb practice warhead head, RCN, 4 May 1949.

(RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Fairey Firefly Mk. 1, RCN.

(Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4820989)

Fairey Firefly Mk. I, HMCS Warrior, before 1948.

(RCN Photo via Dave Tyre)

Fairey Firefly FR Mk 1, gets a "wave off", HMCS Warrior, 1946.

(RCN Photo via Dave Tyre)

Fairey Firefly FR Mk 1, on deck, HMCS Warrior, 1946.

(RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Fairey Firefly Mk. I, RCN (Serial No. MB579).

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3199297)

Ordnance instruction. School of Naval Aircraft Maintenance. Qualifying course for Air Riggers. L to R: CPO A/M (RN) W. Whiteley (Instructor); OSFMS H. O'Meara; OSFMS T. Sandilands. Loading 11 1/2 lb. practice bombs into a Firefly aircraft, 5 May 1949. This Firefly PP462 is the one currently at the Shearwater Aviation MUseum after serving in the RCN and then being shipped off to Ethiopia and flying back to Shearwater in a C-130. (Barrie MacLeod)

(Paul Mitcheltree Photo)

Fairey Firefly F.R. Mk. I, RCN (Serial No. PP462), AB-J.

(Paul Mitcheltree Photo)

Fairey Firefly F.R. Mk. I, RCN (Serial No. PP462), AB-J.

(RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Fairey Firefly Mk. V formation, RCN.

(RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Fairey Firefly Mk. V, RCN. ca. 1949.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3525105)

Naval armament techs (A/M) E.A. Whylem (left) and K.E. Martin (centre) pull a 20-mm gun from the wing of an RCN Fairey Firefly MK. V, while F.G. Tucker guides the gun out from the leading edge of the wing. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 7 Oct 1948.

(Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3194865)

Fairey Firefly FR Mk. IV, RCN (Serial No. TW753), No. 825 Squadron, damaged after swerving off the flightdeck of HMCS Magnificent at sea.

(Author Photo)

(Author Photo)

Fairey Firefly Mk. V, Canadian Warplane Heritage, lost at the Toronto Air Show, Aug 1977, shown here visiting CFB North Bay, Ontario a few days earlier.

(Aldo Bidini Photo)

Fairey Firefly ASR.5 (Serial No. VH142), Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, 14 June 2013.

(Balcer Photo)

Fairey Firefly ASR.5 (Serial No. VH142), Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, 15 June 2008.