The Fairey Campania two-seat seaplane got its name from the ex-Cunard ocean liner Campania which the Admiralty had converted into a seaplane carrier during the winter of 1914-15. Production aircraft, powered by a 186.3kW Sunbeam Maori II or 186.3-257kW Rolls-Royce Eagle engine, entered service in 1917 and eventually operated as armed-reconnaissance aircraft from the carriers Campania, Nairana and Pegasus and from coastal bases until the Armistice, thereafter also seeing action in Russia.
A total of about 60 Campanias were built from the contracts placed with Fairey (for 50 aircraft in two batches), Barclay Curie and Company (for 50) and Frederick Sage and Company/Sunbeam Motor Car Company (for 70).
|A three-view drawing of F.17 Campania (664 x 650)|
| ENGINE||1 x Sunbeam "Maori II", 190kW|
| Take-off weight||2420 kg||5335 lb|
| Empty weight||1660 kg||3660 lb|
| Wingspan||18.8 m||62 ft 8 in|
| Length||13.1 m||43 ft 0 in|
| Height||4.6 m||15 ft 1 in|
| Wing area||58.3 m2||627.54 sq ft|
| Max. speed||137 km/h||85 mph|
| Ceiling||1520 m||5000 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||450 km||280 miles|
| ARMAMENT||1 machine-guns, 2 x 30kg bombs|
No, they fly Fairey IIID.
|B Milne, 21.11.2008|
Is this the aircraft that Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral flew in their 1922 voyage in the historical tradition of Portuguese navigation from Lisbon to Brazil?
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