Can you name this plane?

Apr 01, 2014 68 Comments by

This incredible video comes to us from our friend Tbobborap1, who filmed the giant-scale model at an RC event at the Royal Air Force Barkston Heath base in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. Our mystery plane is of late WW II vintage, was carrier-based and flew for the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. It was especially prized as a submarine-hunter. Make your guess in the comments section, then watch the video of this outstanding scale model in flight. Kudos to the builder and pilot, who as of this writing have not been identified.

Debra Cleghorn, Featured News

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68 Responses to “Can you name this plane?”

  1. Dylan Lesperance says:

    Fairey Firefly

  2. Ron Prestin says:

    Fairey Firfly

  3. Ron Prestin says:

    Fairey Firefly

  4. jr cowley says:

    Fairey Fulmar

  5. JL Knight says:

    Fairey Firefly

  6. Keith Hall says:

    Fairley Firefly FR mk1

  7. Keith Hall says:

    Fairey Firefly FR mk1

  8. isaac nemes says:

    fairey firefly mk1

  9. Scott Reed says:

    Firefly F.Mk I

  10. Brandon Grindle says:

    Fairly Barracuda

  11. Ole V. jorgensen says:

    Fairey Firefly MK1

  12. Robert Byington Jr. says:

    Fairey Firefly

  13. Greg Silcox says:

    Fairey Firefly

  14. Rogerio Araujo says:

    Fairey Firefly

  15. Mike DeCroix says:

    This is a Fairey Firefly FR Mk I.

  16. Sam T says:

    The Fairey Firefly was a hugely successful WW2 two seat carrier based fighter aircraft that served with the Royal Fleet Air Arm in the latter stages all the way up to the 1950s. The system was a powerful navy fighter capable of attacking aircraft and seagoing vessels alike. It was highly effective on many fronts including the European and Pacific theatres. The single engine round wing cantilever wing monoplane had about 1,700 aircraft made before ending production. The Navy version was made with a tail hook and folding wings for carrier service.

  17. Andrew reed says:


  18. Mike Tachtsis says:

    Fairey firefly

  19. Don dixon says:

    Fairey Firefly

  20. Jim Harris says:

    That’s a Fairey Firefly. My father-in-law worked on them on board the HMCS Magnificent of the Royal Canadian Navy.

  21. Kevin Fairgrieve says:

    The Fairey Firefly was a British Second World War-era carrier-borne fighter aircraft and anti-submarine aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA).
    It was superior in performance and firepower to its predecessor, the Fulmar, but only entered operational service towards the end of the war. Designed around the contemporary FAA concept of a two-seat fleet reconnaissance/fighter, the pilot and navigator/weapons officer were housed in separate stations. The design proved to be sturdy, long-ranging and docile in carrier operations, although the limitations of a single engine in a heavy airframe reduced overall performance.
    The Fairey Firefly served in the Second World War as a fleet fighter but in postwar service, although it was superseded by more modern jet aircraft, the Firefly was adapted to other roles, including strike operations and anti-submarine warfare, remaining a mainstay of the FAA until the mid-1950s. Both the UK and Australia Fireflies flew ground attack operations off various aircraft carriers in the Korean War. In foreign service, the type was in operation with the naval air arms of Australia, Canada, India, and the Netherlands whose Fireflies carried out a few attack sorties as late as 1962 in Dutch New Guinea.


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  22. Kevin Fairgrieve says:


    Fairy Firefly

  23. Jeff Stringer says:

    Fairey Firefly FR.1 / NF.1

  24. Ed Hayes says:

    British Tempist

  25. Harry Kolomyjec says:

    Firefly I / FR.I

  26. Terry Martindale says:

    Fairey Firefly

  27. Neil says:

    Its a Fairy firefly

  28. Perry Hayward says:

    Fairey firefly

  29. Doug Palmer says:

    Fairey Firefly Mk I

  30. Kevin King says:

    The author of the video lists it as a fairy firefly on youtube.

  31. Ivars Borsteins says:

    Fairey Firefly

  32. Larry Perez says:

    It’s the Firefly, I do not recall the numbers.

  33. Tien Macdonald says:

    Fairy Firefly

  34. Ruud Kohler says:

    Fairey Barracuda

  35. chris melhus says:

    fairley firefly

  36. Richard corbin says:

    This would be a Fairey-firefly

  37. steven meyer says:

    Fairey firefly

  38. DarrenBitzer says:

    Fairey Firefly, a nice looking model, nice build thanks for sharing.

  39. Andrew O. Jamieson says:

    Boulton-Paul Defiant.

  40. Jim Jurkowski says:

    Hawker Typhoon, the British equivalent of the Douglas Skyraider

  41. Dan Hansen says:

    It’s a Fairey Firefly mk 1.

  42. J. A. Biggerstaff says:

    Fairey Firefly

  43. Eric Metzdorff says:

    Fairey Firefly MK.1

  44. Javier Márquez says:

    Fairy Firefly Mk I

  45. Javier Marquez says:

    I was remembering that many years ago Dave Platt drew a beautiful 3-view drawing of a later Mk Firefly and commented that it would make an excellent RC warbird because of the generous tail surfaces. I think these were published in MAN, but it may have been RCM.

  46. Charles Hardenbrook says:

    Fairey Firefly

  47. Lennart forsudd says:

    I worked on Firefly, the summer of 1958, but as a target-tug. I don`t know the MK-number on them, but it was a Lovely plane to work on. // Lennart, Oslo.

  48. Chuck Johnson AMA88332 says:

    It looks like a Fairey Firefly.

  49. B. Stolzman says:

    It’s a Fiary Firefly Mk i or F.1 or FR.1

  50. Brendan Ewy says:

    Fairey Baracuda

  51. Bill says:

    Fairey Firefly

  52. Whitney Philbrick says:

    Fairey Firefly

  53. chuck cawthon says:

    It appears to be a Fairey Firefly

  54. Steve Ewry says:

    The plane is a Fairey Firefly

  55. DAY says:

    Fairey Firefly AS MK 7

  56. Gary W. Grant says:

    Hawker Typhoon

  57. Flyoz says:

    Hawker tempest?

  58. C Dale Zirkle II says:

    Fairey Firefly

  59. Steve B. says:

    Fairey Firefly

  60. Jerry Festa says:


  61. Al Ward says:

    Boulton Paul defiant….

  62. dan says:

    Firefly…with at least 8 rockets point rearwards ?

  63. George Moody says:

    Fairey Fulmar

  64. Robert Arthurs says:

    Fairey Firefly

  65. Alan Bradshaw says:

    I guess it to be the Fairy Batle

  66. Eddie Warren says:

    I believe it is a Fairy Battle.

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