Seafaring Bird of Prey

The Hawker Sea Hawk was a significant early jet fighter/attack aircraft for Britain’s Royal Navy. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of this pioneering and successful design

A dramatic formation landing by seven Sea Hawks of 800 NAS. The aircraft in the front centre, XE462/106, was a new-build FGA.6, whereas the example to its right, WV844/101, was originally an FGA.4 converted to Mk.6 standard.

The famous British aerospace manufacturer Hawker Aircraft, whose fighters were central to the RAF’s operations during World War Two, was one of several that readily embraced the new concept of jet propulsion.

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