Fairey Campania


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Fairey Campania

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).

F.17 CampaniaA three-view drawing of F.17 Campania (664 x 650)

 ENGINE1 x Sunbeam "Maori II", 190kW
  Take-off weight2420 kg5335 lb
  Empty weight1660 kg3660 lb
  Wingspan18.8 m62 ft 8 in
  Length13.1 m43 ft 0 in
  Height4.6 m15 ft 1 in
  Wing area58.3 m2627.54 sq ft
  Max. speed137 km/h85 mph
  Ceiling1520 m5000 ft
  Range w/max.fuel450 km280 miles
 ARMAMENT1 machine-guns, 2 x 30kg bombs

Aubi, 05.04.2010 21:14

No, they fly Fairey IIID.


B Milne, e-mail, 21.11.2008 16:27

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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