The Albacore represents an example of the overdevelopment of an obsolete concept. At the time the Fleet Air Arm were getting Albacores, they should have been getting Barracudas.
VinceReeves, 05.03.2013 20:56
A good plane with a very impressive combat record. Also, the Albacore was still being used by the RCAF in 1949, so it did outlast the Swordfish after all.
Naga, 08.08.2011 06:27
They were thinking "Swordfish", arguably the most successful and venerable torpedo plane of the war. It would eventually outserve the Albacore, the plane intended to replace it!
Klaatu83, e-mail, 05.03.2011 16:00
First introduced into operational service in 1940, by which time both the Japanese Navy's Nakajima B5N "Kate" and U.S. Navy's Douglas TBD "Devestator" had already been in service FOR SEVERAL YEARS. One cannot help but wonder what their Lordships of the Admiralty could possibly have been thinking of to have sent their young men to war in these obsolete things!
Graham Swanson, e-mail, 18.11.2009 14:57
Does anyone know of a book which completely covers the roll of the Albacore in the Western Desert during WW11, particularly that of 821 Squadron? I have W A Harrisons 'Fairey Swordfish and Albacore' which gives just a few lines. I would also like more info on that squadron's operations from Malta later.
Art Deco, 20.09.2009 03:06
The Albacore pioneered the pathfinder mission in bomber raids by locating targets and dropping flares. Developed in the western desert with Wellington bombers.
David Munroe, e-mail, 20.09.2009 01:08
The web-site http://www.hannants.co.uk/search/index.php?CATEGORY=&DIVISION=&MANUFACTURER=&CODE=&TYPE=&SCALE=&KEYWORD=albacore&EXACT=on&NUMPERPAGE=25&order%5B%5D=arrived+desc&order%5B%5D=code+asc has details of kits of this aircraft. Hope this helps.
German E. Valle, e-mail, 21.06.2007 01:03
For some reason, i am very interested in to have a model of this plane... but unhappily I could not find any...do you have any info about where do I get one model of this Fairey Albacore.../ I am appreciating your help. German
Lee M Ward, e-mail, 26.04.2007 13:21
Its only improvement over the Swordfish was that the cockpit was warmer. Oh yes, the view was better and it had a windscreem wiper!