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Old 16 August 2007, 05:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Felixstowe Fury

I'm looking for any information you can provide on this aircraft.
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Old 19 August 2007, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Felixstowe Fury was combined knowledge gained by John Porte in the developement oft the earlier Felixstowe Flying Boats from the F.1 through the F.5. The Fury was a very ambitious design, a very large triplane Flying Boat wity an upper wing span of 123 ft and a length of 63'2" and the height of 27'6'. the maximum width of thw hull was 12'6". The chord of the wings was 10'. The gap was 10' between the upper and middle wings and also 10' between the middle and lower wings. The Fury had a biplane empennage with triple rudder. The control surfaces were powered with servo-motors. As a result it was lighter on the controls than the smaller F Boats. The servo-motors were removed, and with the servo-motors removed, the control surfaces were still lighter than the smaller Fboats.
The power was provided by five 334 horse power Rolls-Royce VII engine arranged as two tractor and three pusher installed on the middle wing. Fuel tankage was 1500 gallons and oil 100 gallons.
The designed gross weight was 24000 pounds. Test flight were made with an all up weight of 28000 pounds. A maximum take-off weight of 33,000 pounds. It was established that the Fury with these heavier take-off weights, the Fury take-off characteristics were superior to the smaller F boats. The testing of the Felixstowe Fury was by Colonel John Porte and Major Rennie and several other experienced test pilots.
It did not see military service and remained at Felixstowe during its service life.
It was destroyed after the war by an inexperienced pilot, who attempted to take off before take-off before flying speed was reached, the Fury stalled and crashed into the water, collasping the hull.
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Dan-San,
Thanks very much for your detailed analysis. You certainly provided more information than I could obtain from the internet or books from the local library.
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