Fairey F.D.1
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Fairey F.D.1

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Fairey F.D.1A three-view drawing (1351 x 1305)

    Empty weight3084 kg6799 lb
    Wingspan5.95 m20 ft 6 in
    Length7.99 m26 ft 3 in
    Max. speed1011 km/h628 mph

Fairey F.D.1

Pablus, e-mail, 27.04.2014reply

By the looks of it, it's actually a delta with a small pitch control vane at the top of the stabiliser.

b flewitt, e-mail, 19.02.2013reply

There seems to be an awful lot of fuselage in front of the wings and tailplane.Looks like it might be unstable.

lechrus, e-mail, 18.03.2010reply

My research leads me to believe that the wing skins may have been fabricated from Durestos, an asbestos felt reinforced phenolic resin, selected because it was cheaper and had a higher specific stiffness than the emerging glass fibre/polyester resin composite materials of the period. The higher skin temperatures of transonic flight might have also played a role. Talk about being ahead of its time.

M Halle, e-mail, 03.10.2009reply

My father in law worked for Fairy Aviation then Fairey Engineering for 40 years - he has passed away and we are sorting though his effects. I came across a large technical document for a Prototype aircraft called the E.10/47 from 1950. The drawing of the plane looks similar to the FD1. Is there any organisation who collects this type of document?

Uppy, e-mail, 02.10.2008reply

FD1. First flight March 12 1951. Delta-winged research plane. Control proved difficult.

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