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What is this biplane shown above?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Avaiation.SE! You seem to have a grip of how this site work, though if you haven't already done so, could I suggest reading the help center and maybe take the tour. To improve your question, could you provide some context on where you found/saw this image? $\endgroup$
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Blackburn T.5 Ripon

The Blackburn T.5 Ripon was a British carrier-based torpedo bomber and reconnaissance biplane which first flew in 1926. It was used by the Fleet Air Arm as a torpedo bomber from 1930 until 1935. Ripons were also sold to Finland, where they continued to be used in action in the Winter War and the Continuation War until 1944.

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(Source: iwm.org.uk) The exact one, number 4 on the side.

A Blackburn Ripon Mk.IIA torpedo bomber of No 811 Squadron touches down on the flight deck of the fleet aircraft carrier HMS FURIOUS.

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    $\begingroup$ I assume the number 4 just means it is the fourth aircraft in that squadron. I believe the Baffin aircraft superseded the Ripon so it could even be the same squadron. $\endgroup$ Jan 3, 2018 at 12:48
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you Mike for the information. It is a photograph that I have found in my father in law who passed on in 2009. My wife tells me his older brother was in the RAF but this is a photo from a local company in Bognor where they lived .The photo is not very clear but I noticed the number behind the large 4 ends in 74. Unfortunately the wing strut gets in the way . Nevertheless it is fascinating reading about this plane and what role they had to play mid wars.. Again many thanks for your help. I use to go to Biggin Hill air shows when I was a lad and still see a Spitfire down at Bognor W Sussex $\endgroup$ Jan 3, 2018 at 20:08

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