The Fury design was made by the famous designer Sydney Camm and it featured many things of the Tempest. The Fury was developed for both RAF en Fleet Air Arm with first aircraft flown in 1944. The RAF lost interest but work on the navalized Sea Fury continued. The first Sea Fury prototype flew February 1945 so still during the Second World War, powered by a Centaurus XII engine. The first production model, the Sea Fury F Mk X (Fighter, Mk 10), flew in September 1946. The Sea Fury was one of the last propeller driven piston engined fighter and extremely fast, but soon the jet age came. It flew great and many aircraft were built and also exported.
The Royal Netherlands Navy also bought the type for use on their carrier Hr.Ms Karel Doorman. These were known as the Sea Fury F50 Single-seat fighter and the FB51 Single-seat fighter-bomber version.
Sea Fury FB. Mk.51 MLD (Dutch Naval air service)
Sea Fury FB.MK.51 was license built by Fokker dor the Dutch Naval air service. Code "6-43 / F-43 " and used from 3-1-1952 to 22-6-1956. The photographed aircraft was on display at the MLM in Soesterberg (now in the new MLM museum at Soesterberg as well).
Photographed May 2013, by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
Some general views of the same aircraft are seen in the photo gallery below.
Photographed April 2013, by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
Sea Fury FB 11
This Sea Fury is a FB 11, registration WH589. It appeared in various liveries. Here the Royal Australian Navy livery with a blue scheme is shown.
Photographed August 2012, by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
Various plastic scale models are available, like the Special Hobby and Trumpeter kits in 1/72 scale. In 1/48 Trumpeter has a kit as well and in 1/32 Hobbycraft Canada issued a kit.
Enthusiasts and historians can see more on our Dutch MLD Sea Fury NedMil pages here....
This web page was first created September 2012