Aircraft History

Hawker Sea Fury

Hawker Sea FuryOn 24 May 1948, 27 Sea Fury FB 11's were taken on strength of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The last of the RCN Sea Furies were taken on strength in November 1953, bringing the total number to 74. The Sea Fury, one of the world's fastest piston engined aircraft, replaced the Seafire as the RCN's primary fighter whose basic role was fleet and convoy air defence. The Sea Fury also had a secondary fighter-bomber role and was involved in annual ground support exercises and training with the Army.

The Sea Fury was flown operationally from the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent and the Canadian Naval Air Station HMCS Shearwater by 803 Squadron (May 1948 - March 1954) and 883 Squadron (September 1948 - August 1956). In November 1952, 803 and 883 squadrons were respectively renumbered VF 870 and VF 871 squadrons to more closely ally their nomenclature with the US Navy with whom they were developing a closer relationship in North American defence. Sea Fury pilot training was conducted by the training squadron, VT 40 (May 1954 - December 1955), while VX 10 flew the Sea Fury from March 1953 - November 1956 to test and evaluate new or modified equipment intended for the aircraft or the carrier.

In the spring of 1953, 12 Sea Furies of VF 871 Squadron were to be loaned to the Royal Navy for the Korean Conflict and embark on the British carrier HMS Warrior, the RCN's former carrier. However, the armistice was signed in July 1953 and the squadron never did see action.

By the end of 1956 all but two of the Sea Furies were struck off strength and replaced by the Banshee, the RCN's first jet fighter. The last Sea Fury was struck off strength from the RCN on 18 April 1957.

Type: Single seat, carrier based fighter-bomber

Wing Span:
11.7 m (38 ft 4.75 in)

Length:
10.57 m (34 ft 8 in)

Height:
4.84 m (15 ft 10.5 in)

Max. Speed:
700 kph (435 mph)

Service Ceiling:
10,455 m (34,300 ft)

Range:
1094 km (680 mi)

Max. Weight:
5670 kg (12,500 lb)

Empty Weight:
4191 kg (9240 lb)

Power Plant:
One 1849 kW (2480 hp) Bristol Centaurus 18, 18 cylinder radial piston engine

Armament:
Four 20 mm cannons in wings; plus
Under wing racks for eight 27 kg (60 lb) rockets; or
Two 454 kg (1000 lb) bombs