Supermarine Swift “What ifs”

Coming from the same stable as the Spitfire the Swift was seen as the RAF’s great hope in the early to mid 1950s to counter the swept wing MiG-15 “Fagot”. Unfortunately it proved disappointing as a traditional gun armed fighter but found its niche as a low altitude tactical reconnaissance jet. It did also become the first missile-armed fighter in the RAF (albeit in a test role) when the F.7 variant became armed with Fairey Fireflash missiles guided by a small radar in the nose of the aircraft.

The aircraft was never exported but these profiles give an idea of how it may have looked in foreign colours.

For more on the Supermarine Swift you can view my article on Defence of the Realm by clicking here. Alternatively you can read my article on the Fireflash missile by clicking here.


Belgian Air Force Supermarine Swift PR.6 unarmed photographic reconnaissance version.

Supermarine Swift PR.6 Belgian Air Force

French Armée de l’air Supermarine Swift F.7 armed with Fairey Fireflash missiles.

Supermarine Swift F.7 Fireflash missile French Air Force

Royal Canadian Air Force Supermarine Swift CF.7.

Supermarine Swift F.7 Fireflash missile Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Navy Supermarine Swift GA.8 (fictitious designation)

Basically the idea I was going for here is that the RN could use a number of Swifts in a same way that FRADU used the Hawker Hunter for training purposes.
Supermarine Swift GA.8 Royal Navy FRADU



Author: Tony Wilkins

When Man entered the atomic age, he opened a door into a new world. What we’ll eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict.

4 thoughts on “Supermarine Swift “What ifs””

    1. Thanks John. It’s a shame because it was an attractive aircraft. It failed as a fighter but it was a very impressive tactical recce aircraft. I’m working on an outline for the Sukhoi P-1 next which was an early forerunner to aircraft like the Su-15

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