Gallery No 24 - Hawker Sea Fury

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My thanks to Roger Dunn and the MOD for supplying these images.Wikipedia for text.

The Hawker Fury was an evolutionary successor to the successful Hawker Typhoon and Tempest fighters and fighter-bombers of the Second World War. The Fury was designed in 1942 by Sidney Camm, the famous Hawker designer, to meet the RAF's requirement for a lightweight Tempest II replacement.

A Sea Fury in the Royal Navy Colors, Oshkosh, 2003.In 1943 the design was modified to meet a Royal Navy request for a carrier-based fighter. Boulton-Paul Aircraft were to make the conversion while Hawker continued work on the Air Force design. The first Sea Fury prototype flew on February 21, 1945, and was powered by a Bristol Centaurus XII; it had a tailhook for arrested carrier landings, but lacked folding wings. The second prototype was powered by a Centaurus XV and did have folding wings, and the prototypes were undergoing carrier landing trials when the Japanese surrendered in 1945. The end of the war also ended development of the land-based Fury, although the Royal Navy only reduced the number of aircraft in their contract to 100 and cancelled the Boulton-Paul agreement.

General characteristics

Wingspan: 38 ft 4 3/4 in (11.7 m)
Length: 34 ft 8 in (10.6 m)
Height: 16 ft 1 in (4.9 m)
Empty weight: 9,240 lb (4,190 kg)
Max take-off weight: 12,500 lb (5,670 kg)
Powerplant: 1x Bristol Centaurus XVIIC 18 cylinder twin-row air-cooled radial, 2,480 hp (1,850 kW)

Speed: 460 mph (740 km/h)
Rate of climb: 30,000 ft (9,140 m) in 10 min 48 s
Service ceiling: 35,800 ft (10,900 m)
Range: 700 mi (1,127 km), without external fuel tanks

Guns: Four 20 mm cannon
Stores: 2,000 lb (908 kg) of bombs or 12 x 3 in (76 mm) rockets

Some aircraft may appear identical but there are differences which will not be discernible from the image.

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Sea Fury of the RCAF
A Sea Fury in the Royal Navy Colors, Oshkosh, 2003.



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