The jet engine, developed by Frank Whittle during the 1930s, suddenly provided British aircraft the essential upper hand by virtue of the speed they could now travel, achieving the advantage over a slower enemy. As an example, the Sea Fury could fly at 435 knots but its successor in 1954, the Sea Hawk, could fly at 535 knots. Engines became bigger and better and the problems with early jet airframes were being slowly eradicated so that by 1959 the Sea Vixen came into service with a supersonic dive capability, considerable range and weapon load.

Sea Hawk

This aircraft took Naval aviation into the Jet Age and was the direct successor to the Sea Fury read more