Owner: RNHF
Status: Temporary Dry Storage

HISTORY

The Sea Hawk entered service with the Fleet Air Arm in 1953. It was the direct successor to the Sea Fury but represented a quantum leap forward in capability, taking Naval aviation into the Jet Age and capably proving the offensive edge of Carrier aviation during the Suez conflict of 1956.

The transition from the piston engine, tail dragging Sea Fury to the Sea Hawk, a fighter jet with tricycle undercarriage, was a brave and logical development for British Carrier Aviation. In many ways, it could be likened to the dramatic changes from sail to steam, or from wood to steel. Like most early generation jets (and this was Hawker’s first example) the Sea Hawk had development challenges but these were overcome and it became a capable carrier based fighter ground attack aircraft, progressing from the original type F.1 to the final FGA.6 version.

In comparison to the Sea Fury, the Sea Hawk was much faster, had a ceiling some 10,000’ higher and double the thrust to weight ratio so it could achieve combat altitude in half the time. The Sea Hawk was one of the forerunners of modern day carrier based jet aircraft and the technologies that catapult and arrest today’s latest generation aircraft share common ancestry from the period.

 

Tech Specs

  • Crew: 1

Flight Specs :

Speed -
600mph (966 km/h)
Range -
480 mi (770 km)
Ceiling -
44,500 ft (13,564 m)
Full Specs

Sea Hawk FGA.6 Wv908

The Royal Navy Historic Flight’s Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV908 was built at Baginton, Coventry, in 1954 as an FGA.4 variant and assembled at the company’s Bitteswell airfield before being delivered to the Royal Navy in 1955. She served initially with 807 Naval air squadron and then 898 Naval air squadron embarked in HMS Ark Royal and HMS Bulwark and ashore at Royal Naval Air Station Brawdy.
After conversion to FGA.6 standard at Fleetlands in 1958 she flew with 806 Naval Air Squadron until 1960 when she was reassigned to a training role with 738 Squadron at Royal Naval Air Station Lossiemouth. In 1962 the aircraft was sent for storage at the Royal Naval Aircraft Yard Belfast before being loaned to the RAF Apprentices School at RAF Halton in 1971 for use as a systems trainer. She was then acquired by Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, which bears the name HMS Seahawk, and restored to flying display condition in 1978 before transferring to Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton to join the Royal Navy Historic Flight in 1982.
In 1989 she underwent a complete refurbishment at British Aerospace’s Dunsfold works which was completed in 1996. She is now resplendent in the markings she wore when serving with 806 Naval Air Squadron on front line service in HMS Albion.

Current Status

RNHF efforts are currently, with limited resources, focused on the Swordfish and then the return to flight of the Sea Fury FB11.  Once these goals are achieved the Sea Hawk will be reviewed to establish the work and financial commitment required to return her to flight.