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VW-IceFire
06-20-2004, 01:08 PM
Its not the kind of plane that really jumps out at you and I had sort of forgotten it for quite some time but the Fairey Firefly I just saw fly a couple of hours ago at Canadian Warplane Heritage. Its a beautiful bird and the Mark I version served in the last two years in the Pacific theater with the Royal Navy. It was a recon and attack plane and armed with bombs and 20mm cannons. Its not the most glorious or the best known aircraft but it features a very powerful Griffon engine and it'd be a great flyable to have at some point.

Just thought I'd bring it up. Mention it and see if it may be a possibility. Anyone know if its been talked about?

Ironically, in terms of looks, its sort of like a cousin of the Tempest. Kind of funny that way http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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VW-IceFire
06-20-2004, 01:08 PM
Its not the kind of plane that really jumps out at you and I had sort of forgotten it for quite some time but the Fairey Firefly I just saw fly a couple of hours ago at Canadian Warplane Heritage. Its a beautiful bird and the Mark I version served in the last two years in the Pacific theater with the Royal Navy. It was a recon and attack plane and armed with bombs and 20mm cannons. Its not the most glorious or the best known aircraft but it features a very powerful Griffon engine and it'd be a great flyable to have at some point.

Just thought I'd bring it up. Mention it and see if it may be a possibility. Anyone know if its been talked about?

Ironically, in terms of looks, its sort of like a cousin of the Tempest. Kind of funny that way http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://home.cogeco.ca/~cczerneda/sigs/tmv-sig1.jpg
RCAF 412 Falcon Squadron - "Swift to Avenge"

VW-IceFire
06-20-2004, 05:55 PM
Anyone heard of the Firefly? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Looks like this:

(taken today at Canadian Warplane Heritage)
http://home.cogeco.ca/~cczerneda/imgs/firefly.jpg

http://home.cogeco.ca/~cczerneda/sigs/tmv-sig1.jpg
RCAF 412 Falcon Squadron - "Swift to Avenge"

heywooood
06-20-2004, 10:55 PM
Saw one fly at the airshow in my town last May.

Rolls Royce Griffon engined and very nice.

I would love to see one modeled in at some point - hopefully flyable.

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VW-IceFire
06-22-2004, 01:22 PM
I figured more people would jump on this. A chance to put in a plane that was used by the Commonwealth on aircraft carriers as a carrierborne scout and fighter-bomber. The Firefly served more in the Pacific than any other theater so this seems like the place to put it. Also keeping in mind that it was also apparently the first commonwealth aircraft to attack and bomb Tokyo. So its obviously a presence and definately a force on the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers in 1944 and 1945.

It'd be nice to see at the very least as an AI aircraft but a flyable in the future would also be really interesting. This, like the Buffalo, and some of the others are less visible aircraft that these sims have managed to pick out of obscurity.

http://home.cogeco.ca/~cczerneda/sigs/tmv-sig1.jpg
RCAF 412 Falcon Squadron - "Swift to Avenge"

necrobaron
06-22-2004, 01:27 PM
I too would love to see it modelled. IMO, it (along with the Tempest and Sea Fury) are among the best looking of the British planes. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

"Not all who wander are lost."

Yellonet
06-22-2004, 02:43 PM
How many Fireflies served in the PTO?


- Yellonet

VW-IceFire
06-22-2004, 07:23 PM
Can't seem to track down a hard number. Seems that 1700 were produced in total and that the Firefly flew the attacks on Japanese oil refineries in Sumatra as well as against targets in Japan during the last months of the war.

Here is some information:
http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/Aircraft/Firefly.htm

It served in both the Western European theater and the Pacific Theater...I have read that the vast majority were flown in the PTO but there was no numbers attached to that.

http://home.cogeco.ca/~cczerneda/sigs/tmv-sig1.jpg
RCAF 412 Falcon Squadron - "Swift to Avenge"