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Hawker Sea Fury

Hawker Sea Fury FB11 F-AZXJ/WH589/NW-115

The Hawker Sea Fury was a British fighter aircraft designed and manufactured by Hawker. It was the last propeller-driven fighter to serve with the Royal Navy, and also one of the fastest production single piston-engined aircraft ever built.

  • Role: Naval fighter-bomber
  • Manufacturer: Hawker
  • First flight: 1 September 1944 (Fury), 21 February 1945 (Sea Fury)
  • Introduction: October 1945 (FAA), 1947 (RCN)
  • Retired: 1953 (FAA), 1955 (RNVR), 1956 (RCN), 1957 (MLD), 1968 Burmese Air Force
  • Produced: 1945–55
  • Number built: 864
  • Developed from: Hawker Tempest

Military operators

  • Australia
  • Burma
  • Canada
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Germany
  • Iraq
  • Netherlands
  • Pakistan
  • United Kindom

Hawker Sea Furry Mk.50 6-43 MLD (Royal Netherlands Navy)

Specifications (FB 11)

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 34 ft 8 in (10.56 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 434 in (11.69 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 1012 in (4.84 m)
  • Wing area: 280 ft2 (26.01 m2)
  • Empty weight: 9,240 lb (4,191 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 12,350 lb (5,602 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 14,650 lb (6,645 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Centaurus 18 18-cylinder twin-row radial engine, 2,480 hp (1,850 kW) (take-off)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 460 mph (400 knots, 740 km/h) at 18,000 ft (5,500 m)
  • Range: 700 mi (609 nmi, 1,126 km) with internal fuel; 1,040 mi (904 nmi, 1,674 km) with two drop tanks
  • Service ceiling: 35,800 ft (10,910 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,320 ft/min (21.9 m/s)

Armament

  • Guns: 4 × 20 mm (.79 in) Hispano Mk V cannon
  • Rockets: 12× 3 in (76.2 mm) rockets or
  • Bombs: 2,000 lb (907 kg) of bombs