The Hawker Sea Fury was a British fighter aircraft developed for the Royal Navy by Hawker during the Second World War. The last piston-driven fighter to serve with the Royal Navy, it was also one of the fastest production single engine piston driven aircraft ever built reaching a speed of 485 mph. A demilitarized Sea Fury holds the unofficial speed-record for a piston-engined aircraft in level flight at 547 mph.
I will patterned my Hawker Sea Fury after Robin Crandall’s beautiful “Sawbones” which started life as Sea Fury FB.11, N71GB & was originally delivered to the Iraqi AF as 325, November, 1953. N71GB was originally brought over from Iraq by Talichet and Jurist in the 1980's. The fuselage was "used" but the wings and tail section were "new" according to logbooks. The aircraft was originally an FB-11, but has the slightly larger MK-20 horizontal stabilizer and was built up by George Baker who retained it as his personal airshow aircraft calling it "Sky Fury".
As were most of these aircraft from Iraq, the original Bristol-Centaurus engine was removed and replaced with the Wright "Cyclone" R-3350-26, basically a Skyraider engine. The aircraft passed through several owners and has been raced at Reno several times. It is a competitive aircraft taking second place in the unlimited silver when last raced in 2009. The oil cooling system has been reworked by Nelson Ezell.
The fuel system on N71GB has been simplified to incorporate one large newly installed fuselage tank of 140 gallons and only one reserve integral wing tank. Two 90 gallon drop tanks can be used for longer range flights. The other wing tanks have been converted to spray bar cooling water on the left side, and ADI fluid on the right. The instrument panel has been modernized with recent digital nav/coms, GPS, HSI, fuel flow meter and other safety features.
Owner & Pilot, Robin Crandall is a practicing Orthopedist (hence the name Sawbones) as well as an accomplished pilot. He can often be seen flying his SNJ with the performance team T-6 Thunder and most recently Sawbones! Robin will fly Sawbones from his home base in Blaine, MN to Reno to compete in the 2013 National Championship Air Races.
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I purchased my Hawker Sea Fury Kit, Seidel Prop & Moki S250 gas engine on June 19, 2013 from Vogelsang Aeroscale. You can visit this website at:
SHawker Sea Fury Sawbones Specifications:
- Scale: 1:4.5
- Wingspan: 102.3 inches
- Length: 92.5 inches
- Weight: 44+ pounds
- Engine: 250 cc Gas
Moki S250 5 cylinder Radial 4 Stroke Gas
- Displacement: 250 ccm
- Output: 15 hp
- Weight: 12.3 lbs
- 29 x 16 Scale 4 Blade Propeller
- DX18QQ Quique Somenzini Special Limited Edition Transmitter by Spectrum Number 1755 of 2000
- DX18QQ Quique Special Edition w/AR12120, , X-Plus 8, Mode 2 Transmitter by Spektrum
- AR12120 12-Channel DSMX X-Plus 8 Power Safe Receiver by Spektrum
- 1-JR DS8711 Ultra Torque Digital Servo's, 403 oz/in. of torque used on the rudder
- 8-JR DS8411 Digital Ultra Torque Servo’s, 188 oz/in. torque, 2 Aileron, 2 Elevators & 4 Flaps
- 3-JR DS9411 Ultra Torque Mid Size Servo’s, 2-main gear doors & 1-tail wheel doors
- 2 JR JRP368BB Premium Digital Servo's on to operate two BVM Hi- Flow retract valves
- 2 JR JRP368BB Premium Digital Servo's on to operate two retractable landing lights
- 2-JR-537 Non digital Ball Bearing Servo’s, 1-throttle & 1 choke
- 2-JRPB5013 Battery Pack 4500 mAH for AR12120 Receiver
- 2-JRPB5008 Battery Pack 2700 mAH, 1 Engine & 1 X-Plus 8 Receiver
- 2-JRPA004 Charge Switches, 1 Engine & 1 X-Plus 8 Receiver
- I-Gyro 3E Ailerons, Elevators & 1 Rudder
Dan Gill-Detail 4 Scale
- Wing fuel tanks, smoke generators & pitot tubes.
- Navigation & tai
Jersey Modeler RC Fuel Filler System
Trossen Robotic-1-Firgelli FR-L1-!00-210-6-1 Linear Motion Actuator to open & canopy