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Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 Project

Sander Aeronautics is restoring this Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 project to the highest of standards. It will be completed with state-of-the-art avionics and a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 CB3, well known for its outstanding record of dependability.

No expense is being spared to restore this Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 to one of the finest flying examples in the world.

Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Powered Sea Fury Conversion

One of the fastest piston engine aircraft ever built, Hawker's magnificent Sea Fury/Fury has always had the ability to inspire awe amongst everyone from airport kids to jet fighter pilots. It continues to attract fans at airshows and air races around the world and leaves
most other aircraft of the era well behind.

The design that became the Hawker Sea Fury goes back to a 1943 requirement for a Fleet Air Arm fighter based on the Hawker Tempest. First flown in 1945, the new Fury design began military flight trials and entered service with No. 778 squadron. The Fury, along with the Grumman Bearcat and P-51 Mustang, marked the epitome of piston-engine fighter design before technology focused on jets.

Hawker was designated to work on the land-based version, the Fury, and responsibility for the naval conversion was assigned to Boulton-Paul Aircraft Ltd. In April of 1944 contracts were placed for 200 aircraft for each the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm. The first Sea Fury prototype flew on February 21, 1945, but the first full naval version with folding wings did not fly until October 12, 1947.

The Fury, and navalized Sea Fury, were instant hits with the British military, as well as foreign countries such as Canada, Australia, Germany, Burma and Iraq. The design also leant itself to a modification for a second cockpit and dual controls. The two-seat "training" version of the Fury matched the high performance of the FB.11 version.

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