The Hawker Sea Fury

Origin & history

A trio of Royal Navy Hawker Sea Fury FB.11s. VX620 is nearest the camera.

Although it did not enter service until after World War Two, the Hawker Sea Fury performed well in post-war naval hands, particularly during the Korean War in the early 1950s. One of the ultimate propeller-driven fighter aircraft, it was popular with Royal Navy pilots and flew with several overseas air arms, including Canada, the Netherlands, Pakistan and Australia.

The type was initially designed to fulfil an RAF requirement for a single-seat fighter. Although the end of World War Two curtailed plans for the Fury, the Royal Navy saw the potential of the design as a replacement for its increasingly obsolete carrier-based fighters.

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