Air Enthusiast 1972-06
??? - Firefly: A masterpiece for the matelots (2)
Several Firefly I airframes were used in development of the Mk IV, including Z2118 shown with the early Griffon 72 installation and wing leading-edge radiators.
The first export order for Fireflies came from the Royal Netherland Navy, which bought Mks 1, 4 (photo) and 5.
Target-towing versions (top to bottom included the Indian Navy TT Mk 1, Royal Danish Air Force TT Mk 1 and Royal Navy TT Mk 4.
The Firefly AS Mk 6 was externally similar to the Mks 4 and 5 apart from deletion of the wing guns. All armament was carried externally on wing racks.
Wing folding on the Firefly 4 and early Mk 5s was manual, requiring the efforts of a ground handling crew.
Other foreign customers included Thailand.
Several Firefly I airframes were used in development of the Mk IV, including MB649, which featured the new tail and clipped wings.
One Firefly IV, TW695, was flown for a time with an experimental contra-prop.
Other foreign customers included Ephiopia.
Last mark designated was the U Mk 9 drone conversion.
A production Firefly FR Mk 4 showing the final carburettor air intake form introduced with the 21st production aircraft, but without wing radomes fitted.
The original Firefly Trainer used as company demonstrator.
The first exported trainer, a T Mk 2 for the Netherlands, converted by Fairey.
Contrasting views showing the revised wing platforms of the Firefly 4 (left) and Firefly 7 (right).
Final production versions of the Firefly were the U Mk 8.
Final production versions of the Firefly were the T Mk 7.
The Royal Australian Navy training conversion of a Firefly 5.
Principal variants of the Firefly.