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Fairey Battle Light Bomber / Trainer Aircraft (1937)

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By the time of heavy operations in World War 2, the Fairey Battle was wholly outclassed by her contemporaries.

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Specifications for the
Fairey Battle
Light Bomber / Trainer Aircraft


Focus Model: Fairey Battle Mk.II
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Fairey Aviation Company - UK
Initial Year of Service: 1937
Production: 2,185


Crew: 3


Length: 42.36ft (12.91m)
Width: 54.00ft (16.46m)
Height: 15.49ft (4.72m)
Weight (Empty): 6,647lbs (3,015kg)
Weight (MTOW): 10,792lbs (4,895kg)


Powerplant: 1 x Rolls-Royce Merlin II liquid-cooled, V12 inline piston engine delivering 1,030 horsepower.


Maximum Speed: 257mph (413kmh; 223kts)
Maximum Range: 1,000miles (1,610km)
Service Ceiling: 25,000ft (7,620m; 4.7miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,250 feet per minute (381m/min)


Hardpoints: 2
Armament Suite:
STANDARD:
1 x 7.7mm Browning machine gun in starboard side wing.
1 x 7.7mm Vickers K machine gun in rear fuselage.

OPTIONAL:
Up to 500lbs of external ordnance as well as 4 x 250lb bombs held internally.


Variants:
Fairey Day Bomber - Prototype Designation; single example.


Battle Mk.I - Light Bomber Production Model; fitted with Rolls-Royce Merlin I inline piston engine of 1,030 horsepower.

Battle Mk.II - Light Bomber Production Model; fitted with Rolls-Royce Merlin II inline piston engine of 1,030 horsepower.

Battle Mk.V - Light Bomber Production Model; fitted with Rolls-Royce Merlin V inline piston engine.

Battle T - Mk.I, Mk.II and Mk.V production aircraft converted to trainer platforms.

Battle IT - Mk.I, Mk.II and Mk.V production models modified as trainer aircraft; fitted with turret in aft fuselage.

Battle IIT - Mk.I production model fitted with Wright Cyclone R-1820-G38 series engine of 840 horsepower; single example.

Battle TT - Mk.I, Mk.II and Mk.V production models converted to target tugs; 100 examples.

Mattle TT.Mk I - Target Tug Variant; 226 production examples.


Operators:
Australia; Belgium; Canada; Ireland; Greece; Poland; South Africa; Turkey; United Kingdom