Флоту потребовался самолет радиолокационного дозора для замены Skyraider, что привело к появлению в 1957 году модификации Gannet AEW.Mk 3, которая выполнила первый полет в августе 1958 года. За прототипом построили
43 серийных самолета с двигателем Double Mamba Mk 112 мощностью 3875 л. с. Самолет AEW Mk 3 отличался совершенно новым фюзеляжем и опорами шасси с удлиненными стойками, этот вариант был принят на вооружение в 1960 году и поступил на вооружение только одной, 849-и, эскадрильи. Gannet AEW.Mk 3 стал последним самолетом марки Fairey, принятым на вооружение авиации Королевских ВМС Великобритании.
Gannet британского флота стали также последними обычными (стандартными) самолетами, принятыми на вооружение британской палубной авиации. Последний Gannet AEW.Mk 3 снят с вооружения в конце 1978 года. Gannet AS.Mk 1 и Gannet AS.Mk 4 были заменены вертолетами Westland Wessex к 1961 году, но часть Gannet AS.Mk 4 прошли модернизацию (установлены новые РЛС и БРЭО), после чего стали обозначаться AS.Mk 6; они состояли на вооружении 831-й эскадрильи.
Gannet AEW.3 XL497 of 'B' Flight 849 Squadron, mid-1976.
"Гэнит"AEW.3, 849-я эскадрилья FAA, авиабаза Лоссимаут, Морэй, Великобритания, 1978г.
"Гэнит"AEW.3 на палубе авианосца "Арк Ройял", под крылом самолета - подвесные топливные баки.
The Royal Navy preceded the RAF in adopting aircraft for the AEW role, but when HMS "Ark Royal" was decommissioned and the last Gannet AEW Mk 3 was retired, no AEW replacement was provided.
На самолетах AEW.Mk 3 под нижней частью фюзеляжа монтировался большой обтекатель антенны РЛС.
Neil Moffat flying his Gannet AEW.3 XL502 (G-BMYP) on a sortie out of Carlisle, Cumbria, in 1987.
Air-to-air of AEW.3 N1350X.
In the late 1960s implosion panels were added behind the cockpit canopy to help the pilot get out of the aircraft underwater. The small representation of Australia records the winning of the Australia Shield by 'B' Flight, 849 Squadron, in 1975. AEW.3 XP226 is preserved at the Newark Air Museum.
The dish of the AN/APS-20F radar system was located inside the radome under the centre fuselage.
Former West German Navy UA+112 is preserved at the collection at Speyer
XJ440 was the aerodynamic prototype of the AEW.3. It made its first flight on August 20, 1958, in unpainted state.
Gannet AEW.Mk 3 из 849-й эскадрильи стартует с катапульты авианосца "Арк Ройял". Хорошо виден массивный обтекатель РЛС AN/APS-20.
With one half of its Double Mamba shut down, XJ440 poses for the camera, probably before appearing at Farnborough in 1958. Of note is the original short-length hook.
All the front-line AEW.3s served with various flights of 849 Squadron. The 'BY' on XL451's tail denotes it was shore-based at RNAS Brawdy.
Английский палубный самолет ДРЛО "Ганнет" AEW.3
With undercarriage doors closing and flaps still extended, another of H. Q. Flight's Gannet AEW.3s, XL502, gets airborne from Lossiemouth on a dull day
On 7th July 1977 No. 849 Squadron, one of the Royal Navy's Iew remaining fixed-wing units, celebrated 25 years of continuous commission. Its task throughout this period has been airborne early warning, initially flying Douglas Skyraider AEW.1s and then, since February 1960, Fairey Gannet AEW.3s. Three of the squadron's current Gannets are shown in the accompanying photo - two of them from 849's base at R.A.F. Lossiemouth and the third from "8" Flight which embarks in H.M.S. "Ark Royal".
The Fairey Gannet A.E.W.3 will eventually replace the Douglas Skyraider now in service with the Royal Navy. The dimensions of the A.E.W.3 are: span 54 ft, 6 in., length 44 ft. 0 in., height 16 ft. 10 in.
Gannet AEW.3 XL500/"760" of No.849's H.Q. Flight shortly after take-off. Note that only one underwing tank is normally carried
"Гэнит"AEW.3 садится на палубу авианосца.
The Fairey Gannet AEW Mk 3 - seen in this April 1962 picture about to pick up the arrester wire on HMS “Ark Royal“ - was the first British aircraft developed for the airborne early warning role.
AEW.3 XL451, involved in the original service trials on board HMS 'Victorious', catching the wire on the carrier.
Gannet AEW.3 XL482 of "B" Flight, No. 849 Squadron
AEW.3 в одном из авиамузеев.
Neil Moffat demonstrates the size of the AEW.3. Of note is the access ladder that was pumped down - see the handle - from its stowed position to alongside the radome. In the foreground is the pylon-stowable Palouste starter.
XL502 was involved in the development of the improved AN/APS-20 radar before being returned to 849 Squadron. At Duxford in June 1975, it was one of the last examples in service
Starting-up Gannet AEW.3 XL482/"761" of H.Q. Flight, No. 849 Squadron; first Mamba to start drives the rear prop
AEW.3 N1350X (previously XL482) during trials in the USA with Hamilton Standard
Unknown to the Rhodesians, HMS Eagle was stationed off the coast of Tanzania in late November 1965. Seen here aboard Eagle in 1968 are Supermarine Scimitars, Blackburn Buccaneers, a Fairey Gannet AEW.3, de Havilland Sea Vixens and a Westland Wessex.
AEW.3 XL450/"042" of "B" Flight, from H.M.S. "Ark Royal", and (right) close-up showing RVAW-120's zapped emblem from U.S. tour
Parked alongside No. 849's Gannets at Lossiemouth, Grumman E-2B Hawkeye 150537 of VAW-116 "Sun Kings" on a visit from U.S.S. "Nimitz"
One of "Ark Royal's" AEW.3s. XL497/"041", undergoes major servicing at Lossiemouth
Stored since 1978, Fairey Gannet AEW Mk III XL482 has now been purchased by a Texan and allocated the US Civil registration N1350X. Following restoration to flying condition at RNAS Culdrose, where Brian Halsey’s photograph (below) was taken, it made a successful test flight on February 4, 1982 and departed on February 15, piloted by Lt Cdr Ken Lamprey and Lt Cdr Phil Howard of the Royal Navy. It was flying to Texas via Lossiemouth, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and down through the USA.
Fairey Gannet XL500 on static display at RNAY Fleetlands' Open Day on June 16, 1990. The vast Gosport helicopter repair yard - Europe’s biggest - was adorned for the day by a splendid collection of static historic types gathered together by Fleetlands Museum curator Graham Cooper. Exhibits included the Gannet, Hawker Sea Hawk WV911 and Fairey Swordfish NF389 from the HMS Daedalus historic store at nearby Lee-on-Solent, plus further machines from the RAF, FAA and Science Museums, and the Fleetlands Museum’s own superbly-restored Sea Vixen XJ841.
FAIREY GANNET A.E.W.3: To enter service with the Royal Navy next year as a shipboard early warning aircraft, the Gannet A.E.W.3 has now completed a considerable amount of testing, and a number are flying. It is powered by a 3,875-e.h.p.Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba 112 turboprop, and dimensions are: Span 54 ft. 6in.; length 44 ft.; height 16ft. 10 in.; wing area 490 sq. ft.