The Sea Fury was Hawkerʼs benchmark in piston engine performance, as the Grumman Bearcat and P-51 Mustang were for their U.S. manufacturers. Until the jets took over, these fighters were considered the pinnacle of power and speed achievement in a propeller-driven aircraft. The Hawker Sea Fury evolved as a smaller and lighter version of the Hawker Tempest, designed for carrier use with folding wings and a tail-hook incorporated. A fighter-bomber version, the FB.11, carried bombs and rockets under its wings. Only 860 Sea Furys were built, all of them joining the Royal Navy, including 60 Mk.20 two-seat trainer versions. The tremendous 2,480-horsepower engine well exceeded even that of the powerful Grumman Bearcat. One of the fastest production single piston-engine aircraft ever built, like its Grumman-made American contemporary the Sea Fury quickly found a post-war home in the hearts of civilian air racing enthusiasts.
|Wing Span||38' 4.75"|
|Max Speed||460 mph|
|Gross Weight||12,500 lbs|
|Power Plant||Bristol Centaurus 18, 18-cyl radial piston engine|
|Fuel Capacity||238 gal|
4 x 20mm cannons in wings
|Rockets||Under-wing racks for eight 60-lb rockets or two bombs|