Well well well! Did I ever get a treat today when I received a phone call from a co-worker at the the Airport informing me that a Hawker Sea Fury had arrived not long ago. Now, since these are especially rare (I having only seen one other in my lifetime fly.) I made haste with my camera gear and warm jacket.
The Hawker Sea Fury was a late for World War 2 entering service with the RAF in 1947 with the 778, 802, 803, 805 and 807 Squadrons. Having missed the big show, the Sea Fury was utilized by several Commonwealth Nations in Korea where the type claimed victory over a MiG-15 jet in August of 1952. This being one of the very few prop aircraft to have defeated a jet in air-to-air combat.
This particular airframe was the last Hawker Sea Fury flying in Canada but is now on its way to a new home in Central Europe.
NX1954H has been modified with upgraded instruments and only had 1,275.5 hours on the airframe since new. Also of interesting note is that this Fury is certified for flight in IFR conditions and had over 600hr of Instrument Time logged by its previous owner.
If you have never been close to an aircraft like this when it’s running… It’s a wild experience. You can feel the 2,8000hp undulating through your Spleen when the throttles open. Absolutely wild. Having grown up with a Warbird in my Family, it is a sensation that I love. A turbine just isn’t the same!
I wish the gentleman flying this Beast over the Atlantic a safe flight and hopefully he gets the drafty canopy fixed! No one likes flying at altitude with frost on your moustache.