need help on what kind of plane this is.

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Nov 16, 2004
dose anyone know the year, and make of this plane. i dont think there was many of them...or i cant find it anyway. Thanks


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JULY 12 1929

The Fairey Long-Range Monoplane was built to the order of the Air Ministry for an attempt on the World's Record for distance covered in a straight line.


On April 24 this machine piloted by Sq. Ldr. A. G. Jones-Williams, M.C., and Fl. Lt. N. H. Jenkins, O.B.E., D.F.C., D.S.M., R.A.F., left Cranwell to fly to India and on the following day they landed at Karachi after having covered a distance of 4,130 miles non-stop in 50 hrs. 48 mins. They originally intended flying to Bangalore, which would have ensured their covering sufficient distance to beat the World's Record, but from the Balkans on to India they met strong head winds which cut down their average speed from 100-110 m.p.h. to 65-70 m.p.h.

Nevertheless the Fairey Long-Range Monoplane was the first machine to fly non-stop from England to India, and it proved in so doing that it had the lifting capacity and the speed to break the World's Record under normal weather conditions.

The aircraft is a pure cantilever monoplane of very clean design. Every effort has been made to eliminate superfluous drag and the result is a machine that has earned for itself the nickname of "Eversharp".

The cantilever wing incorporates an entirely new form of construction, and, unlike most wings of this type, which are covered with a plywood skin arranged to take a certain amount of wing stress, the Fairey wing is fabric-covered.

Within the wing are carried fuel tanks with a total capacity of 1,000 gallons. This load alone weighs approximately three tons.

It is fitted with a practically standard Service Napier Lion XI engine, the only modifications to the engine being the fitting of slightly higher compression pistons and specially tuned carburetters.


TYPE - Long range monoplane.

WING - Cantilever wing of varying chord and thickness. A patented system of internal bracing has been used in this wing which has completely eradicated any tendency to twist. The construction is of wood with fabric covering.

FUSELAGE - The fuselage is fabric covered and special attention has been paid to the comfort of the pilots during their long flight. Windows are provided in the sides and also in the wing roots which allow an excellent view for the observation of drift, etc.

TAIL UNIT - Normal monoplane type; with balanced surfaces. The construction is cantilever except that the fin is wire-braced.

UNDERCARRIAGE - Normal divided-axle type with a very wide track the spring legs being taken to the front spar of the wing. Specially strengthened tyres and wheels are fitted and the wheels are mounted on roller bearings.

POWER PLANT - One Napier Lion water-cooled engine with the compression ratio slightly raised and the carburetters specially tuned for economy. The fuel load of over a thousand gallons is carried in the wings and the feed is by gravity to a collector tank under the cabin floor from whence it is pumped to the engine. For safety a wind-driven pump is fitted which can at once be pushed through the side of the machine should the engine pump fall and in the event of the wind-pump falling the feed can be continued with a hand-pump. The oil filter is fitted in duplicate and the flow can be sent through one while the other is being cleaned.

ACCOMMODATION - The pilots are in an enclosed cabin. Pneumatic upholstery is used for the seats and a pneumatic bed is provided. Special arrangements are made for the navigator with a table for laying out charts, etc.

DIMENSIONS - Span 82 ft. (25 m.), Length 48 1/2 ft. (14.1 m.), Chord (at centre line) 16 ft. (4.9 m.), Chord (mean) 11 ft. (3.4 m.), Height 12 ft. (3.1 m)
Beauty is as beauty does. The Fairey LRM was a good design for the time, compare it to anything else of the same year. The photos are all of the second plane, the first had wheel fairings. It hit a mountain.
I'm looking through my book here of combat aircraft, and Fairey made some pretty weird looking aricraft. Take a look at the Hendon Mk II. Now that's an ugly ass aircraft!

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