Owner: RNHF
Status: Not airworthy - the engine needs to be rebuilt.

Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 VR930

Sea Fury VR930 was delivered to the Royal Navy at RNAS Culham in March 1948 and spent from May to December of that year in front-line service with 802 Squadron aboard HMS Vengeance and ashore at RNAS Eglinton. Between December 1948 and August 1953 she was held in reserve at various Aircraft Holding Units at Anthorn, Abbotsinch, Sembawang and Fleetlands, undergoing a Category 4 repair at the Royal Naval Aircraft Yard Donibristle before returning to front-line service again with 801 Squadron. Between August 1953 and July 1954 she flew a further 284 hours with the squadron before going to RNAY Fleetlands for reconditioning, which effectively reset the airframe to zero hours.

VR930 was held in reserve at Anthorn and Lossiemouth before being transferred to the Fleet Requirements Unit at Hurn (now Bournemouth Airport) in November 1959, where she flew a further 828 hours.

Tech Specs

  • Crew: 1

Flight Specs :

Speed -
450 knots
Range -
680 miles
Ceiling -
34,300 ft
Full Specs

The aircraft was put up for disposal in January 1961 having flown an absolute total of almost 1280 hours during Service. In ‘retirement’ VR930 spent several years at RAF Colerne, and periods at RNAS Yeovilton and Boscombe Down, being used as a spares source for the RNHF’s original Sea Fury FB.11 (TF956). With the loss of the latter aircraft in 1989 the decision was taken to rebuild VR930 and she was duly moved to British Aerospace’s Brough works for restoration to flying standard, eventually joining the RNHF in 1998 in pristine condition in 802 NAS Korean War markings.

VR930 now bears her authentic, original 802 NAS code of ‘110/Q’ as allocated when she first joined the unit at the shore base of RNAS Eglinton, Northern Ireland, and embarked in HMS Vengeance in 1948. This early scheme was applied to all F.10 and the early FB.11 aircraft.