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Hawker Fury (I / II)

United Kingdom (1931)

Detailing the development and operational history of the Hawker Fury (I / II) Biplane Fighter Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 6/10/2016; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

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

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.
Any available statistics for the Hawker Fury (I / II) Biplane Fighter Aircraft are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).
Hawker Fury II Specifications
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United Kingdom
Year: 1931
Type: Biplane Fighter Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Hawker - UK
Production: 275
Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 1
Length: 26.74 ft (8.15 m)
Width: 29.99 ft (9.14 m)
Height: 10.17 ft (3.10 m)
Empty Weight: 2,745 lb (1,245 kg)
MTOW: 3,609 lb (1,637 kg)

Installed Power
1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel VI 12-cylinder water-cooled inline piston engine developing 640 horsepower.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 223 mph (359 kph; 194 kts)
Maximum Range: 270 mi (435 km; 235 nm)
Service Ceiling: 29,495 ft (8,990 m; 5.59 mi)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 ft/min (762 m/min)

2 x 7.7mm machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades via interrupter gear.

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

Series Model Variants
• Fury - Base Series Name
• Fury Mk I - Initial proudction model
• Fury II - Improved model with Kestrel VI engine fitted.

Supported Weapon Systems
Graphical image of an aircraft medium machine gun