The Hawker Fury was designed by Sidney Camm in 1942 and became a replacement to the Tempest. The fuselage was similar to the Tempest but was constructed as a monocoque and a higher cockpit for improved visibility.
There were six prototypes ordered with two powered by Rolls Royce Griffon engines, two with Centaurus XXIIs, one with a Centaurus XII and one as a test structure.
The first Fury, 'NX798' flew on the 1st of September 1944 powered by a Rolls Royce Griffon 85 with a Rotol 4-bladed propeller.
The second Fury to fly was 'LA610' on 27th November 1944, which had a Griffon 85 and Rotol 6-blade contra-rotating propeller.
The Fury and the Sea Fury were closely interlinked with the next prototype being a Sea Fury, 'SR661', which first flew on the 21st February 1945.
This Sea Fury prototype had a "stinger"-type tailhook for arrested carrier landings, but lacked folding wings for storage.
The second Sea Fury prototype 'SR666' flew on 12 October 1945 and was powered by a Centaurus XV engine with a new, five-bladed Rotol propeller and was built with folding wings.
The last Fury prototype to fly was 'NX802' which flew on 25th of July 1945 powered by a Centaurus XV engine.
With the end of WWII in europe, the RAF contract for the Fury was cancelled so development was turned to the Sea Fury leading to 'LA610' being fitted with a Napier Sabre VII engine.
The Napier engine produced 3,400 - 4,000 Hp and as a result the Sea Fury became the fastest piston-engine Hawker aircraft reaching a speed of some 460 mph.
Previously, the Supermarine Seafire had been used as a carrier aircraft but was never completely suitable for carrier landings due to poor visibility and narror track undercarriage. Consequently, the Sea Fury replaced it on most carriers.
The Sea Fury was issued to Squadron Nos. 736, 738, 759 & 778 of the Fleet Air Arm.
|Crew:||1 or 2|
|Length:||34ft 8in (10.56m)|
|Wingspan:||38ft 4.75in (11.69m)|
|Height:||15ft 10in (4.81m)|
|Empty Weight:||8,977lb (4090kg)|
|Max. Weight:||12,500lb (5669kg)|
|Engine:||Bristol Centaurus 15 or 18|
producing 2470 hp.
|Max. Speed:||460 mph (740 km/h)|
|Range:||760 miles (1223 km)|
|Armament: - (Refer to Variants for fitment)|
|Cannon:||4 x 20mm Hispano Mk V|
|Rockets:||12× 3 in (76.2 mm)|
|Bomb load:||2,000 lb (907 kg)|
Sea Fury F 10
Single-seat fighter version for the Royal Navy.
Sea Fury FB 11
Single-seat fighter-bomber for the Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Canadian Navy.
Sea Fury T 20
Two-seat training version for the Royal Navy.
Sea Fury F 50
Single-seat fighter version for the Royal Netherlands Navy.
Sea Fury FB 51
Single-seat fighter-bomber version for the Royal Netherlands Navy.
Fury FB 60
Single-seat fighter-bomber version for the Pakistan Air Force, 93 built.
Fury T 61
Two-seat training version for the Pakistan Air Force, 5 built.
Single-seat land-based fighter version for the Iraqi Air Force. Unofficially known as the Baghdad Fury, 55 built.
Two-seat training version for the Iraqi Air Force, 5 built.
Sea Fury 'WG655' was part of the Royal Navy Histotic Flight after being presented to RNAS Yeovilton in June 1976.
After a serious crash in 1990 the aircraft was purchased by an American enthusiast and restored in the USA from several Sea Furies.
Photographed above is the fully restored Sea Fury 'WG655' at Flying Legends at Duxford in 2010.