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Walt Bowe's Hawker Sea Fury FB.11

Walt Bowe's newly acquired Centaurus Mk.18 powered Hawker Sea Fury was first flown at Langley on June 18, 1952 and departed Balckbushe for Iraq the following month where it served as IAF 303.

Recovered by Jurist/Tallichet in 1979 and stored at Orlando and Nyack, it was registered as N54SF. Acquired by Guido Zuccoli, it arrived in Australia in January 1982 and was refurbished at Darwin General aviation. Stripped down and repainted where necessary, the aircraft was also returned to Sea Fury configuration, being completed in November 1983.

Registered VH-HFG, it suffered a forced landing on March 23, 1984, suffering minor damage. During repairs it was decided to reconfigure the aircraft to include a 'jump seat', which involved the removal of panels and fitting an extra long bubble canopy.

The aircraft was sold to Dick Janitell in 2006 and arrived at the Sanders Aeronautics facility in its shipping container on January 16, 2007. Utilizing a crane and two forklifts, the sections of the Sea Fury were removed from the container and immediately assembled on the ramp. Over the past few months it was completed and flight tested before being delivered to its new owner.

Walt Bowe acquired the Sea Fury from Dick in the spring of 2014. The photos below are of Walt's Sea Fury, being flown by Dennis Sanders, over Eagles Nest airport in Ione, CA. on January 13, 2008.

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