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Role Fighter
Manufacturer Fairey
Designed by Marcel Lobelle
First flight 9 November 1925

The Fairey Firefly was a British fighter of the 1920s from Fairey Aviation. It was a single-seat, single-engine biplane of mixed construction.



The Firefly was a private-venture design, penned by Marcel Lobelle. It first flew on 9 November 1925[1] The Air Ministry did not pursue the project, partly because of the American Curtiss engine used [2] and partly because of its wooden construction [1] and the Firefly I did not enter production.

Specifications (Firefly I)

Data from The Complete Book of Fighters[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 24 ft 10 in (7.57 m)
  • Wingspan: 31 ft 6 in (9.60 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 1 in (2.76 m)
  • Wing area: 236.8 ft² (22.0 m²)
  • Loaded weight: 2,724 lb (1,236 kg)
  • Powerplant:Curtiss D.12C 12-cylinder inline liquid-cooled, 430 hp ()


  • Maximum speed: 185 mph (298 km/h)
  • Time to 5,000 ft (1,525 m), 2.4 min


See also

Related development


  1. ^ a b Mason, Francis K (1992). The British Fighter since 1912. Naval Institite Press. ISBN ISBN 1-55750-082-7.  
  2. ^ a b Green, W; Swanborough, G (1994). The Complete Book of Fighters. Smithmark. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8.  

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