Designed in 1934 by Marcel Lobelle and built by Fairey to meet a Belgian AF fighter demand,the Fantôme (Féroce was its intended name in the Belgian AF) was -as we can clearly see in this picture- a thing of beauty; another candidate to the coveted “the most handsome” biplane fighter tittle.
It wasn’t only looks though:The Fantôme was a magnificent aircraft with performance to spare and its intended Hispano-Suiza 12 Ycrs moteur canon and machine guns certainly gave it serious “bite”.
In the end only 4 of them were built.The requeriments of the Belgian Af changed and the Fantòne/Féroce didn’t enter service.The prototype crashed during a demostration,one was ordened by the British Air Ministry to test the moteur-canon and the other two were adquired by the USSR for the same reason.
The prettiness of the Fantôme is more than evident in this pic of the first prototype.
Love at first sight.