Fairey Flycatcher

The Fairey Flycatcher was conceived to fulfil specification 6/22 issued in 1922 for a deck landing single seat fighter to replace the ageing Nieuport Nightjar. The specification called for an aircraft which could operate as a landplane, seaplane or amphibian. The toughness and serviceability of the Flycatcher earned Fairey the contract. The Flycatcher had a mixed construction. The front of the fuselage was made of steel tube and aluminium. Traditional wood and fabric were used for wings, tail and aft of the cockpit. A "beautifully ugly" aircraft, the Flycatcher was stable in all axes, had a slow landing speed with excellent shock absorbing qualities because of its sturdy undercarriage. It's propeller could be set to create a "blue note" in a dive and gave the Flycatcher an unforgettable sound. Initial deck landing trials were conducted on HMS Argus in February 1923 and the behaviour of the aircraft was deemed to be exemplary. The Flycatcher saw service across the Empire in all theatres. The Flycatcher had superb flying characteristics which played a major part in its long and ubiquitous service. It was gradually replaced in 1932-4 by the Hawker Nimrod. A flying replica is housed at RAF Duxford Museum.

 

 

The model of the flycatcher is now complete and ready to download.  Two skins are currently available. Both skins are available free for the first twenty purchases.

References:

British Naval Aircraft Since 1912' by Owen Thetford: Published by Putnam, 1982 ISBN: 0 370 30021 1 Fairey Aircraft Since 1915' by H A Taylor Published by Putnam Aeronautical Books, 1988 ISBN: 0851778259 The Fairey Flycatcher: Profile No.56' by Owen Thetford: Published by Profile Publications Ltd, 1965 ISBN: n/a