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Fairey Firefly

Started by SinUnNombre, July 21, 2006, 12:48:47 PM

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SinUnNombre

Since I have a few days off in a row with internet access, I need to get my fix of in-depth whiff discussion. Since my CAS Avenger is still sidelined due to supply shortages(aren't they all?), Ive been looking into other WW2 planes that could've been modified for the CAS role. One interesting possibility that keeps popping up is the Fairey Firefly. 4 20mm's, a 3000lb loadout, great low-speed and low-level handling, etc. What do you guys think? Like I said, I'd like to get a good discussion going in this and some other topics I'll be posting this weekend. So if you guys have any other ideas for this topic, by all means post them. Later.

Jon

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Great idea, Jon.....but it's gotta have tip tanks !

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I talked with the CWH Firefly pilot the other day and he told that you had to watch your speed, because it decays very fast and it's a heavy aircraft that will eat lots of altitude to recover lost airspeed.

GTX

How about a P-61?

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Greg
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QuoteHow about a P-61?
These have already been used as ground attack fighters in china, when teh japanese bombers stopped bombing.

Jeffry Fontaine

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Now the idea of a Firefly performing CAS missions is something that I would have never considered but your idea certainly has merit.  

If you are going to pimp out the P-61 you may as well add wing tip tanks to it to keep Toad happy.  Make him even happier you can put RCAF markings on it.  
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GTX

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QuoteIf you are going to pimp out the P-61 you may as well add wing tip tanks to it to keep Toad happy. Make him even happier you can put RCAF markings on it.

I was actually thinking of something similar to this for the P-61 (right down to the paint scheme and era) - i.e. loaded up with plenty of weapons:



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Greg
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GTX

Jon,

Just thinking some more about the Firefly. Another benefit in the CAS (and perhaps closely related FAC role) role would be the observer.  Also, could one say that this aircraft did indeed fly in the CAS role during the Korean War (RAN and RN?)?

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Greg
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SinUnNombre

QuoteJon,

Just thinking some more about the Firefly. Another benefit in the CAS (and perhaps closely related FAC role) role would be the observer.  Also, could one say that this aircraft did indeed fly in the CAS role during the Korean War (RAN and RN?)?

Regards,

Greg
You know, I hadn't thought about that, but your right. The Firefly was used as a recce bird during the war, so what better role post-war than FAC.  Great thinking GTX. Now where can I get my hands on a 1/72 Firefly kit?

Jon

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would it be sacrilege to suggest a re-engine with an over 2,100hp radial engine?

iirc, the merlin/griffon [forget which] was only rated at about 1750hp and i have
a feeling that more power is gonna be needed for a 3,000lb bombload.

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