Fairey AEW MK. 3 Gannet

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Fairey
Markings
Royal Navy, Royal Naval Air Station Lossiemouoth, 1978
Designation
AEW MK. 3
Registration
N1350X
Serial Number
XL482

Fairey AEW MK. 3 Gannet

Designed in response to a 1945 Royal Navy request for a dedicated anti-submarine aircraft the first Gannet flew in 1949, but did not enter service until 1955. The Gannet is widely regarded as one of the least attractive aircraft ever built, however its large fuselage made it ideal for adaptation to other uses. The AEW 3 variant was designed as an airborne early warning aircraft for fleet defense. The addition of the large bulged radar dome under the fuselage did little for the Gannet’s looks, but it did give the Royal Navy radar coverage of their fleet out to 200 miles from the aircraft. The other main versions of the Gannet were a trainer and a transport for moving people and cargo to a carrier at sea. The Gannet served with the Royal Navy until 1978 when the British decommissioned their last true aircraft carrier.

Specifications
Wingspan 54 ft 4 in
Length 44 ft
Height 16 ft 10 in
Weight 25,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 271 knots
Service Ceiling 25,000 ft
Range 700 miles
Engines 1 Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba 102 turbo shaft
Crew 3