List of Hawker Sea Fury operators

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The List of Hawker Sea Fury operators lists the counties and their air force units that have operated the aircraft:



Sea Fury s/n 308, ex-Iraqi Air Force; repainted in the paint scheme of aircraft operated by the Australian Fleet Air Arm (1949–60).

Royal Australian Navy received about 50 ex-FAA Sea Furies during 1949 and 1950.[1]

Royal Australian Navy - Fleet Air Arm


Burma received 18 ex-FAA Sea Fury FB.11s and three Sea Fury T.20s in 1958.[1]

Burma Air Force


Sea Furies of the Royal Canadian Navy

A total of 74 Sea Furies served in three different RCN units - two combat squadrons (803 and 883) and the RCN's fixed-wing training unit, VT 40. The last Canadian military flight of the RCN Hawker Sea Fury type was made by F/O Lynn Garrison at McCall Field, Calgary, Alberta 1 April 1958. The aircraft involved was WG-565 ferried to Calgary for use as an instructional airframe at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Arts.

Royal Canadian Navy - Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Air Arm


Cuba operated 15 ex-FAA Sea Fury FB.11s and two Sea Fury T.20s ordered in 1958. Deliveries started the same year, and by 1959, all had been delivered.Most of them were destroyed in crashes or cannibalized, albeit the British never imposed an embargo, unlike the USA. By the time the Bay of Pigs invasion took place on 15 April 1961, five were airworthy but only three were confirmed to be in action during the hostilities. One was shot down by either the LAF (Liberation Air Force) or ship fire. Two aircraft are displayed in museums in Cuba today. Reports the LAF destroyed 3 Sea Furies on the ground during the Bay of Pigs initial assault, are totally false and erroneous. (George Farinas)


Egypt ordered 12 Sea Furies in 1949, and they were delivered during the following two years.[1][dead link]

Royal Egyptian Air Force


The Federal Republic of Germany bought eight ex-FAA Sea Fury T.20s during 1959-60. They were further modified in Germany for target-towing duties and served under contract to the Luftwaffe as target tugs.[1]

Deutsche Luftfahrt Beratungsdienst


Hawker Fury in Iraqi Air Force markings

Iraq ordered 30 de-navalized Fury F.1 fighter-bombers and five (later reduced to two) Fury T.52 trainers in December 1946; the first batch of nine aircraft arrived in Iraq in November 1947.[3] 20 additional Fury F.1s were bought in 1951.[4]

Iraqi Air Force
  • No. 1 Squadron Royal Iraqi Air Force[3]
  • No. 4 Squadron Royal Iraqi Air Force[4]
  • No. 7 Squadron Royal Iraqi Air Force[3]


Four Hawker Furies were donated by Iraq in 1961. However, the aircraft were found to be in a very poor condition, and they were never flown in Morocco (apart from a single test flight).[5]

Royal Moroccan Air Force


A Sea Fury of the Royal Netherlands Navy

The Royal Netherlands Navy purchased 10 Sea Fury F. Mk.50 for service on the escort carrier Karel Doorman (QH1). Additional 12 Sea Fury FB. Mk.60 were purchased, and as a third order 25 Sea Fury FB. Mk.51 were built under license by Fokker. Several aircraft served aboard the second Karel Doorman (R81). Dutch Sea Furies were finally replaced in 1957 by Hawker Sea Hawks.[1][6][7][8]

Royal Netherlands Navy - Dutch Naval Aviation Service


Pakistan Air Force Sea Fury T.61

Between 1949 and 1950 Pakistan purchased 87 brand new Sea Fury Mk.60s, five ex-FAA FB.11, the prototype F.2/43 Fury (NX802) and five newly built Sea Fury Mk.61 two seat trainers.[1][9]

Pakistan Air Force

United Kingdom[edit]

A Sea Fury in Royal Navy colours at Oshkosh, 2003
Royal Navy - Fleet Air Arm
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sea Fury History".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag Sturtivant and Ballance 1994, p. 362.
  3. ^ a b c Sipos & Cooper 2020, p. 34
  4. ^ a b Sipos & Cooper 2020, p. 38
  5. ^ Cooper, Tom; Grandolini, Albert (2018). Showdown in Western Sahara, Volume 1: Air Warfare Over the Last African Colony, 1945-1975. Warwick, UK: Helion & Company Publishing. pp. 30–31. ISBN 978-1-912390-35-9.
  6. ^ Sea Fury F 50 Archived 13 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved: 13 August 2014.
  7. ^ Sea Fury FB 51 Archived 13 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved: 13 August 2014.
  8. ^ Sea Fury FB 60 Archived 13 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved: 13 August 2014.
  9. ^ Husseini (June 2007). "Infancy to Independance (1933-1950)". PAF Over The Years (Revised ed.). Directorate of Media Affairs, Pakistan Air Force.
  10. ^ a b Sturtivant and Ballance 1994, pp. 344–345, 349.
  11. ^ Sturtivant and Ballance 1994, pp. 342, 355.


  • Sipos, Milos; Cooper, Tom (2020). Wings of Iraq, Volume 1: The Iraqi Air Force, 1931-1970. Warwick, UK: Helion & Company Publishing. ISBN 978-1-913118-74-7.
  • Sturtivant, Ray; Ballance, Theo (1994). The Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-223-8.