Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 Carrier Fighter Bomber
Developed for the Royal Navy from a land based design and first flying on January 31, 1946, the Sea Fury was approved for carrier landings in mid 1947. The Sea Fury was the last propeller driven fighter to serve with the Royal Navy and became one of the fastest piston engine aircraft ever built. The Sea Fury remained the Fleet Air Arm’s primary fighter bomber until 1953 when the first jets were introduced. During the Korean War sea Furies saw extensive action flying from Royal Navy and Australian carriers. On August 8, 1952 a Sea Fury downed a MiG-15 jet fighter in air to air combat, making the Sea Fury one of the few prop driven fighter aircraft to shoot down a jet fighter. The Sea Fury was flown by The RN, Australia, Germany, Iraq, Egypt, Netherlands, Burma, Pakistan and Cuba. A total of 860 aircraft of all versions were built. The Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 was armed with 4 20 mm Hispano Mk V cannons and could carry 12 3 in. rockets or 2,000 lbs. of bombs. This model shows a Royal Canadian Navy Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 with VF-870 flying off of HMCS Magnificent in 1951.