- Not to be confused with the animal species of the Fabhcún!
The Sciathán Fabhcún was the second foray of the SDF into the wonderful world of jet-powered aircraft, the first being the SDF-Army's Réalta Reatha, the Shooting Star. Due to its construction and the first flight on the 23rd of February 1947, the Fabhcún is considered a first-generation fighter jet. The Mark II, the production model was introduced in 1948.
The Fabhcún is an airborne predator endemic to the Free Lands, the term itself used synonimously to the word falcon.
The Fabhcún is a jet-powered aircraft with two powerful engines mounted internally, with long straight wings spanning a total of 12.7 metres, which does not include any additional, wingtip-mounted fuel tanks. Armed with four 30mm cannons, two in the nose and two on the wings, close to the engines and fuselage, as well as the capability to carry 750 kilograms of bombs or unguided rockets on hardpoints, the Fabhcún is a very capable fighter-bomber and, due to a small, nose-mounted radar, all-weather capable. Said radar, a massive system occupying of the nose what wasn't occupied by the two 30mm cannons and their ammunition stores, had a range of 30 kilometres, depending on the weather, providing data about aerial targets, their speed, altitude and, due to tracking, course, while also being able to detect ground targets, for example ships. It was also capable to interact with an IFF-System. A second, targetting radar was experimented with, but introduced with the Mark III.
Additional systems of the Fabhcún were an ejection seat, a fully pressurized cockpit, but not air-conditioned, the flaps, air brakes and landing gear were electrically, while the folding wings and canopy were pneumatic. The canopy itself was electrically heated to prevent frost.
Some Mark IIs were modified for high-altitude photo-reconnaissance.
The Fabhcún performed well on high altitudes, but was slower then smaller interceptors with swept wings, so the plan for them was to either become the bomber themselves, in a CAS-role, or to force the enemy to meet the Fabhcún on high altitudes, where the playing field was more level.
The Fabhcún was pulled out of frontline service in favour of the Seachmall, starting in 1958, after just ten years of service, but were fully retired in the early 60s, after serving in auxiliary and training roles, as well as testbeds.
Although the SDF-Navy never had a full-fledged aircraft carrier, many of planes designed by Sciathan Limited were designed for short take-offs and landings, as well as with folding wings for easier storage, making them carrier-capable - in addition of it being good for the marketing in case of exports. However, a stronger flight deck is required for carrier-operations.