|The Fairey Swordfish, known by its crews as the Stringbag was obsolescent before it entered service. A fabric covered biplane in an age when its contemporaries
were the TBD Devastor of the USN and the Nakajima B5N Kate, low wing metal monoplanes with far greater speed, the Swordfish looked like a loser. However, the
Swordfish was very successful in the early years of World War Two with the high point the attack on the Italian Fleet at Taranto. The prototype first flew on April
17, 1934. Powered by 750hp Bristol Pegasus nine cylinder radial engine, the Swordfish had a top speed of only 138 mph and when loaded with a torpedo the speed
dropped to a meager 112 mph. However, the three seat aircraft was very steady and reliable and if it could get through the defending anti-aircraft and fighters was
very accurate. It could also be used in an anti-submarine role. Maximum range was 1,028 miles and maximum service ceiling was 10,690-feet. Between 1934 and
1944 when production ceased, 2,391 Swordfish were built. This Flyhawk set provides eight Swordfish.