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Hawker Fury (I & II) Fighter (1931)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/28/2010

The Hawker Fury I and II were a vital part of the British air defense effort during the inter-war years.

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The Hawker Fury was the mainstay of Britain air defense throughout the 1930's until being replaced by the Gloster Gladiators. The Fury's design was in all actuality, a stop-gap design while the Hawker Hurricane was being designed (both share an uncanny similarity in fuselage design often jokingly designating the Hurricane as the "Fury Monoplane".

To that end, the Fury was released to much fanfare. Pilots reveled in her responsive controls and seemingly instinctive reaction times. The aircraft proved so aggressive that many an acrobatic air team utilized the speedy airframe in shows across the country. With the advent of the Fury II, the system now gained even more improved performance in the way of rate of climb and overall speed - this at the expense of decreased range due to increased fuel consumption of the new powerplant.

Armed with twin-synchronized forward-firing fixed machine guns, the Fury II was a sort of throw-back to the days of World War One while acting as a symbolic ambassador to the coming World War Two. With the arrival of the Hurricane and the Gladiator models, the Fury II's were relegated to service as trainer aircraft. Export customers continued to utilize the Fury II years later and were seen with an assortment of powerplants from various manufacturers.

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Specifications for the
Hawker Fury (I & II)
Fighter


Focus Model: Hawker Fury II
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Hawker - UK
Initial Year of Service: 1931
Production: Not Available


Crew: 1


Length: 26.74ft (8.15m)
Width: 29.99ft (9.14m)
Height: 10.17ft (3.10m)
Weight (Empty): 2,745lbs (1,245kg)
Weight (MTOW): 3,609lbs (1,637kg)


Powerplant: 1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel VI 12-cylinder water-cooled inline piston engine generating 640hp.


Maximum Speed: 223mph (359kmh; 194kts)
Maximum Range: 270miles (435km)
Service Ceiling: 29,495ft (8,990m; 5.6miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 feet per minute (762m/min)


Hardpoints: 0
Armament Suite:
2 x 7.7mm synchronized machine guns


Variants:
Fury Mk I - Initial Model Designation


Fury II - Improved Production Model with Kestrel VI powerplant.


Operators:
United Kingdom; South Africa; Spain; Norway; Portugal; Denmark; Iran; Yugoslavia