It was the first in the world to fly with coupled twin turbines driving contra-rotating props giving the safety of a twin engine aircraft and the ability to shut one down for economical cruising which gave it a very long endurance.
It was also the first post-war Fleet Air Arm aircraft to be able to both find and destroy submarines in the “Hunter/Killer” role and the first to carry most of its weapons (rockets excepted) internally in a huge weapons bay.
The A/S 1. was followed later by an A/S 2. with slightly more powerful motors but was externally identical. They were used by Great Britain (Royal Navy A/S 1. and 4.),Germany (Bundesmarine A/S 4. only), Australia (RAN A/S 1. only) and Indonesia (A/S 4. only).
Drie uitvoeringen mogelijk;
- Fairey Gannet AS.Mk.4, Bundesmarine, 2/MFG.3, Schleswig (1956 - 1965) & MFG.2, Nordholz (1965 - 1966).
- Fairey Gannet AS.Mk.1, No815 Naval Air squadron, Fleet Air arm, HMS Ark Royal, 1956.
Aantal onderdelen: 99.
- Lengte 187 mm
- spanwijdte 230 mm.