Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 – 802 Sqn Royal Navy Historic Flight
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Witty Sky Guardians excellent 1/72 scale model of the Hawker Sea Fury FB.11, which many aviation buffs think is the ultimate piston engined fighter of all time. This example is in the markings of VW238/Q 107 of 802 Sqn Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy based on the carrier HMS Vengeance in the Cape Town area in 1949. The model epitomises the Sea Furies awesome shape, with superb panel detailing and armament. An absolute “must have” for any collection!
Built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd, VR930 was assembled at Langley airfield and test flown on February 23, 1948. She was delivered to the Fleet Air Arm on March 8 the same year at RNAS (Royal Navy Air Station) Culham.
Between May and December 1948 she saw service with 802 NAS (Navy Air Squadron), based at RNAS Eglinton with the code 110-Q. Following this she was placed into storage. She remained in reserve until August 1953, and was at Anthorn, Abbotsinch, Sembawang and Fleetlands. She underwent a major (Cat4) repair at RNAY (Royal Navy Air Yard) Donibristle, Between August 1953 and July 1954 she flew 284 hours with 801 NAS, before going to RNAY Fleetlands for overhaul. On the completion of this work, that resulted in VR930’s airframe life being reset to zero hours, it was again held in reserve at Anthorn and Lossiemouth. In November 1959 she was posted to the Fleet Requirements Unit at Hurn, where she remained in use until January 1963.
Struck off Navy Charge and offered for disposal, VR930 joined the ever-increasing Colerne Collection near Swindon. She remained here until 1976, when the airfield was forced to close, and all the aircraft were dispersed. VR930 was bought back by the Navy, to be used as a source of essential spares to keep TF956 and WG655 airworthy, and as a reserve exhibit for the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
With the loss of the TF956 in 1989 the decision was taken to rebuild VR930 to flying condition at British Aerospace in Brough. She joined the RNHF stables again in 1998 in 802 NAS Korean War markings. Unfortunately she had a engine failure in March 1998 resulting that the complete engine had to be rebuilt again. Then finally, on March 1 2001, VR930 took her first flight in nearly 40 years at RNAS Yeovilton.
Meeting back luck again, the aircraft suffered an engine failure, this time in flight, at Yeovilton in August 2001. The engine was removed and went for its third overhaul. It returned to Yeovilton in June 2004 when ground runs started, but a problem with the sleeve valve timings meant that the engine had to be taken apart and re-assembled once more. On Monday September 13 2004 VR930 took the air once more and this time to stay.
The Sea Fury was a fighter aircraft developed for the British Fleet Air Arm by Hawker during World War II. The last propeller-driven fighter to serve the Royal Navy, it was also the fastest production single piston-engined aircraft ever built.
Designed to meet an Air Ministry/Admiralty requirement for a lightweight version of the Tempest, the Sea Fury was first flown on September 1st, 1944. It was an exceptional aircraft—tough in the attack role and one of the fastest single piston-engined aircraft ever built—but it was too late to see action in WWII. The Sea Fury carried a variety of munitions and delivery was extremely accurate; one Sea Fury shot down a MiG-15 during the Korean War. The last propeller-driven fighter to serve with the Royal Navy, the Sea Fury also served prominently with other nations including Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and Egypt.