Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
I have nothing against the Swordfish. They were clearly effective against the Bismarck. But if I was flying into battle in WW2, I would have other preferences in aircraft type.
Fabric over steel. Two .303 Browning MG's Three Men and a 90MPH max forward air speed. Stripped and with leading edge "slats" it had a stall speed so low that it was one of only a handful of fixed wing aircraft in history that could fly BACKWARDS in a strong headwind. ---Ray
I hope that torpedo actually mounts a bit farther toward the tail than it appears in the photo on the ground.............
Them WAS the old days. I linked this on Facebook and my blog.
Thank you, sir!
Bart, if you cook closely, they're loading off a transport dolly and pushing backwards to get it into position to connect it to the release mechanism.The RN had a problem in that the Fleet Air Arm was absorbed into the RAF post WW1 and only returned to FULL RN control in May 1939. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleet_Air_ArmSo all the big bucks went towards land based fighters, bombers and transport/utility aircraft, with carriaer aviation sucking hind teat.So that the Fleet Air Arm went to war with obsolete Bi-plane fighters, and torpedo/bombers.RHB
"cook"? Bad Fingers! Meant to say "look". Fingers will be punished.