Model Airplane News Interview: Fairey Fantome

Model Airplane News Interview: Fairey Fantome

Longtime MAN contributor and pro scale model builder and pilot Sal Calvagna covered all the action at the recent Warbirds over Delaware at Lums Pond, in Bear, DE. Here is his video interview with Tom and Charles Britton who built this beautiful scale model.

Capture1The full size Fairey Fantôme, was a British fighter biplane designed and built by Fairey Aviation. Three production aircraft were built in Belgium by Avions Fairey. The Fantôme first flew on 6 June 1935; but crashed at Evere on 17 July of the same year. Fairey had already produced parts and components for three other aircraft and these were shipped to Belgium in 1936 and completed under the name Fairey Féroce at Gosselies. Two of these were sold to the Soviet government; which later gave them to the Spanish Republican air force to aid with the Spanish Civil War. The fourth aircraft was returned to Britain where it was acquired by the British Air Ministry, and no further production was undertaken.


Full-size Specifications

Wingspan: 34 ft 6 in.

Length: 27 ft 7 in.

Height: 11 ft 4 in.

Empty weight: 2,500 lb

Gross weight: 4,120 lb

Powerplant: 925 hp Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs


Maximum speed: 270 mph

Cruising speed: 217 mph

Endurance: 2 hours



1 × engine-mounted 20 mm Oerlikon cannon

2 × wing-mounted 7.62 mm M1919 Browning machine guns

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