Hawker Fury

The Hawker Fury was the epitome of the elegant and charismatic single- and two-seat military biplanes that appeared in the late 1920s and early 1930s. It made its debut in 1929 as the wooden-winged Hawker Hornet prototype single-seat fighter. On the strength of the prototype’s performance, Hawker won an initial order for 21 aircraft for the RAF.
With a fabric-covered, all-metal airframe, this fighter was now named “Fury”.The Fury 1 entered service with the RAF in May 1931; ultimately 118 were supplied. Hawker then developed the High Speed Fury, first flown on 3 May 1933. With streamlined wheel fairings and a RolIs- Royce Kestrel VI engine, this entered RAF service as the Fury II in December 1936. Pilots loved it, and spectators at the annual RAF Displays at Hendon Aerodrome were enthralled by precision aerobatics performed by formations of shining silver aircraft sporting the colourful squadron markings of the era.
Although the Fury had been phased out of front-line squadrons by January 1939, having been rendered obsolete by the new low-wing monoplane fighters, 16 were still being used by flying training schools at the outbreak of World War I. Export versions of the Fury I and II Were sold to Persia, Portugal, Spain, and Yugoslavia.

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