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Blackburn: Roc

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1939. Roc All Metal Fleet Air Arm Two Seater Fighter.
1940. Roc Fleet Air Arm Two Seater Fighter.
1941. Blackburn: Roc. Seaplane prototype L3059.

Note: This is a sub-section of Blackburn Aircraft


  • Carrier-based naval turret fighter.



Number produced

  • 136


The Blackburn B-25 Roc was a British Second World War-era Fleet Air Arm fighter aircraft designed by Blackburn Aircraft Ltd. It took its name from the mythical bird of the tales of the Arabian Nights, the Roc. Derived from the Blackburn: Skua and developed in parallel, the Roc differed in its adoption of a turret for its armament. Operationally, the Roc came to be viewed as inferior to existing aircraft, such as the Skua and the type only had a brief front line service.

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