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Aeroplane Magazine Swordfish Special Issue

View Reviews   |   Write Review Only $7.99 Aeroplane Magazine

Brought to you by Key Publishing Ltd, Europe’s Leading Aviation Publisher.

Published monthly, Aeroplane traces its lineage back to the weekly The Aeroplane launched in June 1911, and is still continuing to provide the best aviation coverage around. Aeroplane magazine is dedicated to offering the most in-depth and entertaining read on all historical aircraft. With a distinct emphasis on military aircraft from the 1930s to the 1960s, the magazine features such icons as the Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster and many more.

Regular features include:

• Database: Aeroplane puts historic planes under the spotlight by discussing development, in service details, insights and technical details.
• Aeroplane Meets: Interview series on leading figures from the historic aircraft scene.
• Hangar Talk: Monthly comment column on the historic aircraft world.
• Q&A: Your questions answered
• Aircrew: An insider’s look at the crew that manned legendary aircraft.

And much more!

For more information, visit www.aeroplanemonthly.com

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Aeroplane  |  Swordfish  


The Fairey Swordfi sh story is one of an aircraft initially frowned
upon when it entered service in 1936, respected by the
beginning of the Second World War and deemed legendary
by the time peace was declared. The world must have looked
on in awe at our powerful Royal Navy and its large carriers and with
equal bemusement at the seemingly fragile biplanes, with their
single torpedo and light armament upon their decks.
However, the Swordfi sh was the only torpedo bomber we had in
signifi cant numbers at the beginning of the war and it would prove
to be so much more. Designed with one role in mind, the Swordfi sh
evolved into one of the most versatile of Naval aircraft. Its slow
speed, which was criticised from the outset, proved to be one of its
strengths, especially when it came to anti-submarine work, in which
it claimed 21 U-boats sunk between April 1940 and December 1944.
The later combination of RPs and ASV radar made the Swordfi sh
particularly eff ective against U-boats and shipping, of which it
claimed over 300,000 tons sunk.
Aff ectionately nicknamed the ‘Stringbag’, the aircraft achieved an
outstanding war record beginning with operations in Norway, where
events could have been much diff erent if the Royal Navy was not
forced to divert its attention elsewhere. The attack on the Italian
harbour at Taranto that crippled the Italian Navy displayed what the
aircraft was capable of and that it was clearly not be under estimated.
The Swordfi sh also played an important role in the invasion of
Madagascar which kept the Japanese at bay early on in the war. The
bravery displayed by the aircrew during the attacks on the
Bismarck is legendary, while equal, but fruitless courage was
exhibited during the ill-fated Channel Dash. The latter incident, in
particular, not only says a lot about the aircraft, but also about the
crews.
Aeroplane Magazine

Brought to you by Key Publishing Ltd, Europe’s Leading Aviation Publisher.

Published monthly, Aeroplane traces its lineage back to the weekly The Aeroplane launched in June 1911, and is still continuing to provide the best aviation coverage around. Aeroplane magazine is dedicated to offering the most in-depth and entertaining read on all historical aircraft. With a distinct emphasis on military aircraft from the 1930s to the 1960s, the magazine features such icons as the Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster and many more.

Regular features include:

• Database: Aeroplane puts historic planes under the spotlight by discussing development, in service details, insights and technical details.
• Aeroplane Meets: Interview series on leading figures from the historic aircraft scene.
• Hangar Talk: Monthly comment column on the historic aircraft world.
• Q&A: Your questions answered
• Aircrew: An insider’s look at the crew that manned legendary aircraft.

And much more!

For more information, visit www.aeroplanemonthly.com

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I read Aeroplane since 1975. thereafter I bought the magazine when I coud find it in my hometown, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Reviewed Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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Aeroplane

I have been a major fan of Aeroplane for over fifty years.More power to you arm!! Reviewed Thursday, August 20, 2020
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Aeroplane

As an American I don't see alot of British a/c in our magazines other than the usual Hurricanes, Spits, and so forth. And I have learned more about the RAF flying more American a/c such as the NA F-86 and the B-29 that you don't read about in American publications. Reviewed Thursday, August 13, 2020
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Aeroplane

Good articles on rare topics Reviewed Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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Keep on going!
Reviewed Saturday, July 11, 2020

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