Air International 2008-02
D.Hobbs - Hawker/Armstrong Whitworth Sea Hawk /Aircraft profile/
Sea Hawk F.1 WF186/'BY-906', RNAS Brawdy Station Flight, circa 1957.
Sea Hawk F.2 WF259/'124', 807 NAS, circa 1954.
Sea Hawk FB.3 WM938/'131-Z', of 802 NAS, flying from HMS Albion.
Sea Hawk FGA.4 WV870/'LM-649' of 738 NAS, based at RNAS Lossiemouth
Sea Hawk FGA.6 XE489/'026', Fleet Requirements Unit, Hurn, operated by Airwork Services Ltd.
Sea Hawk FGA.6 XE335/234-ZB, 810 NAS, HMS Albion.
Sea Hawk FGA.50 118 of 860 Squadron, Royal Netherlands Naval Air Service, early 1960s.
Marineflieger Geschwader 1 Sea Hawks (seen here) had full carrier operating capability for potential use from NATO aircraft carriers and they proved effective in service until replaced by Lockheed F-104 Starfighters from 1965. The black fairing on the upper rear fuselage contains a directional antenna and was a distinctive feature of all Marineflieger Sea Hawks.
FGA.6 WV908 is the only Sea Hawk still flying. It is operated, appropriately, in the markings of 806 NAS by the Royal Navy Historic Flight at RNAS Yeovilton. Originally delivered in 1955, it was restored to flying condition by RNAS Cold rose in 1977 and has formed part of the RNHF since 1982.
India was the last country to buy Sea Hawks and the Indian Navy operated them for by far the longest period. No 300 Indian Naval Air Squadron flew the type from 1960 until they were replaced by Sea Harriers in 1984.