Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Hawker Sea Fury

RCN Hawker Sea Fury

Data current to 10 August 2019.

 (RCN Photo via John Quinn)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11 RCN (Serial No. TG127), pair over Toronto ca 1951.

The Hawker Sea Fury is a carrier fighter powered by a Bristol Centaurus engine.  It was developed during the Second World War in the UK and entered RN service in 1947.  The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) received its first Sea Fury on 23 June 1948, at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, and began replacing Canada's existing inventory of Supermarine Seafires, taking on the primary role of fleet air defence operating from the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent.  Two Canadian squadrons operated the Sea Fury, No. 803 and No. 883 Squadrons, which were later renumbered as No. 870 and No. 871 Squadrons.  Pilot training on the Sea Fury was normally conducted at the RCN's HMCS Shearwater land base.  Landing difficulties with the Sea Fury were experienced following the RCN's decision to convert to the US Navy's deck landing procedures, which were prone to overstressing and damaging the airframe,s as the Sea Fury had been designed for a tail-down landing attitude.  The Sea Fury was in service with the RCN from 1948 to 1956,  until it was replaced by the McDonnell F2H Banshee fighter jet.  The retired aircraft were put into storage, and some were subsequently purchased by civilians.

Hawker Sea Fury Mk. 10 (1), (Serial No. TF901), Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11 (75), (Serial Nos. TF985, TF992-TF999, TG113-TG129, VR918, VR919, VW225, VW227, VW230, VW231, VW239, VW552, VW563, VW571, VW584, VX675, VX682, VX686, VX688, VX690, VX692, VX695, WG564-WG575, WJ300, WJ301, WM472-WM478, WZ633-WZ641). 

 (RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11 formation, early RCN camouflage pattern.

 (RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11 formation, early RCN camouflage pattern.

(RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11 formation, late RCN pattern.

(RCN Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11 formation, late RCN pattern.

 (Comox Air Force Museum photo via Mike Kaehler)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11, RCN (Serial No. TG117), WEE, Watson Lake, YT ca 1950.

 (DND Photo via Fred Paradie)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11, RCN (Serial No. WG574), ca 1956.  WG574 went into long term storage at Dartmouth on 27 Nov 1951.  It was remarked as VF 870 Dartmouth "NAVY*140" on 20 May 1953, and then VF 871 on 23 June 1955.  It was struck off strength on 31 Jul 1956 after a bird strike. 

 (Donna Davis Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11, RCN (Serial No. TG117), WEE, Watson Lake, YT ca 1950.

 (royalnavyresearch archive.org.uk Photo)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11 group on HMCS Magnificent, Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 1948.

 (DND Photo)

Hawker Sea Fury, RCN (Serial No. WG567), visiting No. 1 (Fighter) Wing, North Luffenham, England, ca 1949.

 (DND Photo)

Hawker Sea Fury and Grumman Avenger aircraft from HMCS Magnificent being refueled alongside Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 2s at No. 1 (Fighter) Wing, North Luffenham, England, ca 1949.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4821007)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11, RCN.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4820892) 

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11, RCN (Serial No. WG566).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4820893)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11, RCN (Serial No. WG566).

 (Author Photo)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11, RCN (Serial No. WG565), 131, Naval Museum of Alberta, Military Museums Collection, Calgary, Alberta.  WG565 was ferried to Alberta for instructional use in the Alberta Provincial Institute of Technology by Lieutenant Commander Derek Prout.  On 1 April 1958, Flying Officer Lynn Garrison, serving with No. 403 (City of Calgary) Squadron, RCAF, made the final Canadian military flight for this aircraft type.

 (Author Photo)

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11, RCN (Serial No. TG119), c/n 41H/60997, 110, Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.