TMK-20 Sea Fury


  • Manufacturer: Hawker

  • Model: TMK-20 Sea Fury

  • Name: “Cubano”

  • Tail Number: N233MB

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"

  • Length: 34' 8"

  • Height: 16' 1"

  • Max Speed: 460 mph

  • Gross Weight: 12,500 lbs

  • Power Plant: Bristol Centaurus 18, 18-cyl radial piston engine

  • Horsepower: 2,480

  • Fuel Capacity: 238 gal


  • Guns: 4 x 20mm cannons in wings

  • Rockets: Under-wing racks for eight 60-lb rockets or two bombs