This magnificent monoplane was ordered by the Air Ministry in the late 1920s to capture the World’s Long-distance Record. First flown in 1929, the first prototype was tragically lost with its crew the same year in Tunisia during an attempt to capture that record.
A second Fairey Long-range Monoplane was built with some minor modifications. This one flew on February, 1933 from Cranwell to Walvis Bay, South Africa (5,309mls-8,044km) to become the record holder .
There’s something quite ominous in this magnificent pic of the first prototype (J9479) -wheels without spats- taken at Cranwell. Huge wing and a superbly streamlined Napier Lion cowling; not an easy thing to do with its 12-cylinder broad arrow configuration. She was a jewel.