'You could pull a Swordfish off the deck and put her in a climbing turn at 55knots. She would manoeuvre in a vertical plane as easily as she would straight and level, and even when diving from 10,000 feet her indicated air speed never rose much above 200 knots. The controls were not frozen rigid by the force of the slipstream and it was possible to dive within 200 feet of water . . .
The approach to the carrier deck could be made at a staggeringly low speed,
yet response to the controls remained firm and insistent. Consider what
such qualities meant on a dark night when the carrier deck was
pitching the height of a house.'
[Wartime Swordfish pilot Terence Horsley in 'Find, Fix and Strike'
(Eyre& Spottiswoode, London 1943)]
The Swordfish - Introduction and Data
Two more Swordish Images - click on the thumbnail below to enlarge
by Gordon Bain - from 'Silvered Wings' (Airlife Publishing)
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