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The Hawker Sea Fury (ICAO: FURY / WAKE: LIGHT) is a vintage British fighter aircraft. Created in Second Life by Skunkette Aviation, the plane is a replica of the real-life Sea Fury, designed and manufactured by Hawker. The aircraft was developed during the Second World War and saw service with the Royal Navy (RN) in subsequent conflicts. 

Background

The real-life Hawker Sea Fury was the last propeller-driven fighter to serve with the Royal Navy, and also one of the fastest production single piston-engined aircraft ever built.[1] Developed during the Second World War, the Sea Fury entered service two years after the war ended. The Sea Fury proved to be a popular aircraft with a number of overseas militaries, and was used during the Korean War in the early 1950s, as well as against the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba.

The Sea Fury's (originally designated the 'Fury') development was formally initiated in 1943 in response to a wartime requirement of the RAF. As the Second World War drew to a close, the RAF cancelled their order for the aircraft; however, the Royal Navy saw the type as a suitable carrier aircraft to replace a range of increasingly obsolete or poorly suited aircraft being operated by the Fleet Air Arm. Development of the Sea Fury proceeded, and the type began entering operational service in 1947.

The Sea Fury has many design similarities to Hawker's preceding Tempest fighter, but the Sea Fury was a considerably lighter aircraft; both the Sea Fury's wings and fuselage originate from the Tempest but were significantly modified and redesigned. Production Sea Furies were fitted with the powerful Bristol Centaurus engine, and armed with four wing-mounted Hispano V cannons. While originally developed as a pure aerial fighter aircraft, the definitive Sea Fury FB 11 was a fighter-bomber, the design having been found suitable for this mission as well.

Features

  • Animated components (folding wings, landing gear, propeller).
  • VICE/TCS combat systems with: twin machine-guns and 76.2mm rockets.
  • x2 accessories provided (static models with folded/unfolded wings).
  • Permission modes: Owner, Group or Everyone.
  • Powered by Shana Carpool Aircrafts

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References

  1. Skaarup, Harold. California Warplanes. iUniverse, 2012. p.201

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