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No. 9017. Fairey Long-range Monoplane (K1991) Royal Air Force
Photograph from Military Aircraft Photographs (MAP)

Fairey Long-range Monoplane

06/30/2009. Ordered by the Air Ministry, the Fairey Long-range Monoplane was built to capture the World's Long-distance Record for Great Britain. Its long-span cantilever wing and large fuel capacity (over 1,000 Imp gal, 4,546 l) provided the remarkable range of over 5,000 mls (8,046 km). The aircraft, s/n J9479, made its initial flight at Northolt in November 1928.

Flown by Squadron Leader A.G. Jones-Williams and Flight Lieutenant N.H. Jenkins, it made the first non-stop 4,130 mls (6,647 km) flight from Cranwell, England to Karachi, India, in 50 hr 37 min, 24 to 26 April, 1929. Attempting to capature the World's Long-distance Record on a flight to South Africa, Jones-Williams and Jenkins again crewed the Fairey aircraft and departed Cranwell in the early hours of December 17, 1929. At 9.40 that evening the aircraft flew into a rocky peak in the Zaghwau district, 12 miles from the Arab village of St. Marie du Zit, Tunisia; both pilots were killed.

A second Fairey Long-range Monoplane was built to Air Ministry Specification 14/30. Serialed K1991, the aircraft, first flown in 1931, differed little from the first except in such refinements as spatted wheels and an automatic pilot. This aircraft, flown by Squadron Leader O. R. Gayford and Flight Lieutenant G.E. Nicholetts, captured the World's Long-distance Record when it flew the 5,309 mls (8,044 km) from Cranwell to Walvis Bay, South Africa, in 57 hr 5 min, on 6 to 8 February, 1933.

Created June 30, 2009