Fairey Gannet

The Fairey Gannet was formed in 1946 as the first carrier-based, anti-submarine combat fleets optimized combat aircraft with turboprop engine of the British aircraft manufacturer Fairey Aviation on behalf of the Royal Navy. Later versions were used for airborne air surveillance and monitoring (English Airborne Early Warning; AEW ) used. Gannet is the English word for gannet, a large seabird goose. The aircraft was so named because it resembles with wings folded standing on the support that animal.


The first flight of the prototype took place on September 19, 1949 instead, followed by extensive test flights, the first deck landing was 1950. Test flights taken her to the fact that the original crew size has been increased from two to three man. In 1951, AS3 has been with the series production version started and in 1955 the first uprated standard engine version AS4 were delivered to the British Navy and used on the aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious, HMS Ark Royal and HMS Eagle and solved there Fairey Fireflies and Grumman Avengers from.

In total, 255 Fairey Gannets were built. In the 1970s, the Gannets in the British Navy by the less space consuming helicopters to Westland Wessex were replaced. In Australia and Indonesia Gannets were up in the 1980s in use.




User States

  • Royal Australian Navy
  • Federal Marine
  • Indonesian Navy
  • Royal Navy

Use in the German Navy

In 1958 the German Naval Air took over 16 machines, 15 of which use aircraft and a trainer version T.5 (identified by the lack of Radom and the existing in this embodiment periscope ). On August 1, 1958, the flight operations has been included as one of the first Marine squadron at the airbase at Schleswig Jagel.

During use in the Bundeswehr on May 12, 1966, a crash occurred with three dead when a plane crashed immediately after taking off from the airfield at Kaufbeuren Oberbeuren. The aircraft were replaced in 1966 by the Breguet 1150 Atlantique.

Machines received

In Germany four machines in the Air Force Museum of the Bundeswehr Berlin- Gatow, the Technik Museum Speyer, in the Flight exhibition Hermes wedge and in Aeronauticum are exhibited in the north woods, more machines located in various foreign museums, also, there are currently (2005) two airworthy Gannets in the USA.