Developed to solve the evident troubles of the “thorny” Firebrand, the Firecrest was a single-engine naval strike fighter conceived by Blackburn Aircraft during late WW2. Another cursed Blackburn’s creature, the Firecrest had a checkered story, suffering technical problems and uncertainlies and also components supply follies. Only a pair of prototypes of this elegant aircraft -beauty was rare at Blackburn’s- took the air while its problematic borebear saw a very discret, and troubled, service with the Senior Service.
VF172, the third prototype (the 2nd was a non-flying structural testbed), on its element. Such a pity, it was a magnificent beast.