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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.

Hawker Fury II Specifications

Service Year: 1931
Type: Biplane Fighter Aircraft
National Origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer(s): Hawker - UK
Total Production: 275

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 1
Overall Length: 26.74 feet (8.15 meters)
Overall Width: 29.99 feet (9.14 meters)
Overall Height: 10.17 feet (3.10 meters)

Weight (Empty): 2,745 lb (1,245 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 3,609 lb (1,637 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

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

Maximum Speed: 194 knots (223 mph; 359 kph)
Maximum Range: 235 nautical miles (270 miles; 435 km)
Service Ceiling: 29,495 feet (8,990 meters; 5.59 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 feet-per-minute (762 m/min)

Armament / Mission Payload

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

Global Operators (Customers, Users)

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

Model Variants

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

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