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FS2004 Call Sign--GAL 38 Fleet Shadower. The G. A. L. 38 Fleet Shadower was a British long-range patrol aircraft design just before the breakout of the Second World War. The Fleet Shadower was an aircraft that was needed to fill a special tactical role, its concept produced an ungainly and unsuccessful machine. The specified performance of a successful design was a speed of 38 knots at 1, 500 feet for not less than six hours. The design would also have to be able to operate from an aircraft carrier flight deck and thus the use of a folding wing configuration for easier deck storage. It would have to give good views for the observer and be quiet at cruising speed. By Mike Stallwood.