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In Memoriam

Klaas Willem Jonker
† April 30, 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, Wilko Jonker died after a long illness at the age of 58. He leaves behind a wife and two children. The Dutch military aviation and plastic modeling were his hobby and on this website he shared all the knowledge he has collected over the years. His hobby has been able to distract him from the persistent disease in his body until the last week of his life. The contacts with other hobbyists were a major support for him.

This website will be maintained by different people for as long as possible, so that other enthusiasts can continue to benefit from extensive content.

Fairey IIID


The Fairey III, was designed as Fairey N.10 because of an specification of the RNAS in 1917 for carrier aircraft. It was an two seat biplane on floats, equipped with  folding wings and a 260 hp Sunbeam Maori engine. It made its maiden flight in September 1917.

Further test followed with both a float version as a land version.
Soon an order for 50 examples of the Fairey IIIA, a reconnaissance land aircraft and for 60 Fairey IIIB, a float plane with larger span of the upper wing (19,13 m in stead of 14,19 m) and a bomb load of about .
Just 28 examples of the Fairey IIIB were built, the other aircraft of the order were finished as Fairey IIIC, an improved version with the same wingspan as the Fairey IIIA and the more powerful and reliable Rolls Royce Eagle VIII engine, rated 375 hp.

The next version was the Fairey IIID, an improved IIIC, with the possibility to carry a third crew member.
It could be equipped with an undercarriage with floats of with wheels.

First flight of the Fairey IIID equipped with a Rolls Royce Eagle engine was in 1920.
The first examples for the RNAS and Portugal were equipped with a Rolls Royce Eagle, but later this was replaced with the more powerful Napier Lion.

The carrier aircraft were in general three seat floatplanes with fold-able wings.
The aircraft had a wooden fuselage covered with linen and a wooden two blade propeller.
207 Examples were built.

The ultimate most produced version was the Fairey IIIF, which was redesigned to meet the new Air Ministry Specification 19/24 for a three seat reconnaissance aircraft for the Fleet Air Arm and for a two seat aircraft for the Royal Air Force.
The Fairey IIIF made its maiden flight in April 1926.

It had aerodynamic improvements; initially a fuselage and wings of mixed construction. Later also aircraft with a metal fuselage were built. Over 350 examples were built.


Fairey IIIA:
Two seat scout.
Fairey IIIB:
Three seat scout/bomber on floats
Fairey IIIC:
Two seat scout/bomber on floats with 375 hp Rolls-Royce Eagle, 36 examples built.
Fairey IIID:
Two seat carrier aircraft on floats with a 375 hp Rolls-Royce Eagle or a 450 hp Napier Lion motor.
Fairey IIIE:
Designation for three aircraft with a Fairey Ferret radial engine.
Fairey IIIF:
Two seat aircraft for general purposes or three seat scout with a Napier Lion engine.
  • Fairey IIIF I: First production version; three seat scout of mixed construction, 55 built.
  • Fairey IIIF II: Idem with a Napier Lion XIA motor, 33 built.
  • Fairey IIIF III: three seat scout with Napier Lion XIA engine, metal fuselage covered with linen. 291 built.
  • Fairey IIIF IV: Two seat aircraft for RAF; built in both metal as mixed construction'; equipped with a Napier Lion XIA engine; 243 built.


Technical information
Length: 11,28 m Wingspan: 14,05 m
Height: 3,45 m Wing area: 45 m2
Empty weight: 1473 kg Max. start weight: 2282 kg
Max. speed: 162 km/hr Rate of climb: - m/min
Cruising speed: 132 km/hr    
Range: 853 km Service ceiling: 5182 m
Engine type: One Rolls Royce Eagle VIII rated 345 hp .
Crew: -
Armament: -


In 1925 four aircraft of this type were bought and transferred to Naval Air station De Mok.

In 1926 they were moved to the Netherlands East Indies to be stationed on board of cruisers.

The Fairey IIID was built out of wood and linen and this construction proofed to be rather vulnerable under tropical conditions, so soon  the aircraft were withdrawn from use.

Fairey IIID F-3.
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Farey IID F-4.
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Fokker S.IV 111.
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Fairey IIID.
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Vooraanzicht Fairey IIID.
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Fairey IIID gereed om  aan boord te worden genomen.
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Fairey IIID F-1 in de takels.
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SerialConstruction nr.Date in serviceDate out of serviceNotes
F-1 F773 04-05-1925 02-01-1930 Written off after accident
F-2 F774 06-05-1925 29-10-1930 Written off after accident
F-3 F775 04-05-1925 1930 Written off
F-4 F776 04-05-1925 1930 Written off


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SchemeColour nameFS numberBS numberHumbrolExtraColorVallejo Model ColorVallejo Model Air
Standard #1 Aluminium Dope     151 / 56    70.864 71.062

Check for an extensive conversion table with lots of colour and paint systems.

Fairey IIID: overall aluminium dope.



40 Jaar luchtvaart in Indië Gerard Casius & Thijs Postma Pag. 15 1986 Uitgeverij De Alk, Alkmaar
Nederlandse Marinevliegtuigen Thijs Postma & Nico Geldhof Pag. 22 1978 Uitgever: Omniboek, 's Gravenhage
Vliegen voor de Vloot 70 jaar Marineluchtvaartdienst Harm J. Hazewinkel Pag. 13   Rebo Produkties, Sassenheim
Zestig jaar Marineluchtvaartdienst in Beeld. Hugo Hooftman & Pag. 21 1977 Uitgever: Europese Bibliotheek, Zaltbommel
70 Jaar Marine-LuchtvaartDienst Nico Geldhof & Pag. 27 1987 Uitgeverij Eisma b.v., Leeuwarden
85 JAAR Marineluchtvaartdienst in beeld Van Farman tot NH 90 Helikopter Peter Korbee & Pag. 40 - 41 2002 Uitgever: Korbee MLD Promotie, Valkenburg
Profile Publications number 44: The Fairey IIIF Francis K. Mason   1965 Uitgever: Profile Publications Ltd., Leatherhead, Surrey