BAE Systems to restore Fairey Swordfish


BAE Systems is to help restore a World War Two-era Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber to mark the Royal Navy’s centenary year of naval aviation.

 The Swordfish was one of the last British biplanes to have seen active service. The carrier-based aircraft helped sink the German battleship the KMS Bismarck and the Italian battle fleet at Taranto in 1940.


The aircraft in question is due to undergo £1 million worth of restoration at BAE Systems` Military Air Solutions facility at Brough.


On restoration the Swordfish will become part of the Royal Navy Historic Flight (RNHF). First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathon Band says the aircraft in the flight “are a national treasure.


“The offer to add a second flying Swordfish to the collection, particularly in our Centenary year, is such a magnificent and generous gesture, not just for the RNHF, but for the heritage of future generations.”

BAE Systems` close involvement with the Swordfish continues a long tradition of the company to preserve history. In Britain this includes support for Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, and the Yorkshire Air Museum.

Work on the Swordfish is due to begin shortly and will include repair of the tail plane, wings and surrounding support work in order to restore the aircraft to flying condition.


The RNHF, which owns three Swordfish, was established at Yeovilton in 1972 to preserve the UK`s Naval aviation heritage, and to be a living memorial to all those who gave their lives in the Fleet Air Arm in the service of their country.