Air Enthusiast 2000-03
T.Buttler - The RAF Hath no Fury...
Surviving Sea Fury FB.11s, T.20s and former Iraqi ISSs and IDTs have become prized 'warbirds' and unlimited racers. Built in 1951 for the Royal Australian Navy, FB.11 WH587 was retired in the early 1960s and found its way to the USA in 1965, joining the unlimited air racing 'circuit'. Based in California with Getchell Aircraft of San Jose, N260X again wears RAN colours.
After the prototypes, the greatest change in shape came with the two-seater T.20. Prototype VX818 first flew on January 15, 1948.
Fully navalised Sea Fury prototype VB857 with Centaurus XV, manufactured by Boulton Paul but assembled by Hawker.
The Centaurus-engined Sea Fury was a good-looking aircraft from the beginning. One of the prototypes tucking in close to the camera-ship.
The prototype Hawker Fury ended its days in Egypt fighting in the Palestine War
Close-up of the neat Centaurus XII installation in the prototype Fury NX798.
Official view of LA610 taken in June 1946 after the Sabre VII had been fitted. Note the leading edge radiators
The first fully-navalised Sea Fury prototype SR666 with smaller hook, five-blade propeller and wing folding
The semi-navalised Sea Fury prototype SR661 adapted from the standard Fury with Centaurus XII and four-blade propeller; date probably early 1945. Note the large hook
Official view of LA610 taken in June 1946 after the Sabre VII had been fitted. Note the leading edge radiators
LA610 photographed at Langley in its original configuration with a Rolls-Royce Griffon 85 engine and contra-rotating propellers. Date late 1944 or early 1945.
Production FB.Mk.11, WF619, poses for a company publicity shot.
LA610 on show at the September 1945 SBAC display at Radlett.
Centaurus XV-engined NX802, first flown on July 25, 1945.
The first production Sea Fury F.Mk.10 was TF895 with a four-blade prop, a feature of early production examples
Three-view general arrangement of the Hawker Fury Mk.I.
Hawker Fury LA610. Top with Griffon 85, bottom with Sabre VII.
Detailed Hawker drawing of the Sabre VII installation on the Fury Mk.I.
Hawker Sea Fury FB.11.