The Hawker Sea Hawk was a carrier based fighter of British origin. Developed for the Fleet Air Arm (FAA), the Sea Hawk became Hawker first production jet aircraft. Development was started with several configurations after the Second World war. The type was only ready for production in 1951, with the Sea Hawk F1. The F 1 was armed with four 20 mm (.79 in) Hispano Mk V cannons and a Rolls-Royce Nene 101 turbojet. Its maximum speed was about 960 km/h. Some other varaints were developed as well. The Sea Hawk was a reliable but it had, as usual in those days, a limited service career. Aircraft were also sold to other countries like West-Germany, The Netherlands and India. Over 500 Sea hawks were built.
Sea Hawk MLD (Dutch Naval Air Force)
The type was operated by the Dutch Naval Aviation as well. The Marine Luchtvaart Dienst deployed Sea Hawks from their carrier HrMs Karel Doorman. This particular aircraft is painted in a MLD scheme as no 118 , but is in fact a British machine with code WV828. It is on display at the Traditiekamer De Kooy, at Den Helder airport (The Netherlands).
Photographed March 2012 by Cees Hendriks (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland
Enthusiasts, modellers and historians can see more on our Dutch Sea Hawk NedMil pages here....
This walkaround web page was first created May 2012