The Aircraft

Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 F-AZXJ

• Aircraft Type: Hawker Sea Fury FB.11
• Operator: Christophe Jacquard
• Year of Manufacture: 1949
• Powered by: Wright R-2800
• Colour Scheme: Royal Australian Navy

The Hawker Sea Fury was a British fighter aircraft designed and manufactured by Hawker. The Fury was an evolutionary successor to the successful Hawker Typhoon and Tempest fighters and fighter-bombers of World War II. It was the last propeller-driven fighter to serve with the Royal Navy, and also one of the fastest production single piston-engined aircraft ever built. Developed during the Second World War, the Sea Fury entered service two years after the war ended. The Sea Fury proved to be a popular aircraft with a number of countries and was used during the Korean War in the early 1950s. Built in 1949, originally as a Sea Fury FB.11, this aircraft was taken on charge with the Fleet Air Arm as TF987. She was returned to Hawker-Siddeley Aircraft Ltd, at Langley in 1958 and converted to a two-seater T.20. The following year she was delivered to Iraq. One of the famous ‘Baghdad Fury’s, she was recovered from Iraq in 1979 and shipped to the U.S.A. She was restored back to a Sea Fury FB.11. This aircraft was acquired by Christophe Jacquard in September 2010. She is equipped with wing-tip mounted ‘Smokewinders’ which make for a very impressive flying display.

Images: Darren Harbar