UK’s Hawker Sea Fury to resume service in 2016 as repair works progresses

17 August 2015 (Last Updated August 17th, 2015 18:30)

The UK Royal Navy's Hawker Sea Fury T20 G-RNHF (VX281) is set to be back in service in 2016 as the overhaul of the aircraft is progressing well at North Weald Airfield in Epping, Essex.

Sea Fury

The UK Royal Navy's Hawker Sea Fury T20 G-RNHF (VX281) is set to be back in service in 2016 as the overhaul of the aircraft is progressing well at North Weald Airfield in Epping, Essex.

Built in the early 1940s, Sea Fury is one of the last airworthy survivors of the era.

The historic aircraft crash landed last year during a display manoeuvre at RNAS Culdrose Air Day after suffering from engine failure.

Royal Navy AFC lieutenant commander Chris Götke said: "The structural repairs to the airframe have been completed and the aircraft is now being reassembled.

"The tailplane, rudder, and elevators are back on and the wing repairs are also well in hand. It's good to see it all coming together again."

Chris Götke was at the controls when the aircraft loss power during a display manoeuvres.

During the emergency landing, the aircraft suffered damages to the landing gear, a wing tip and the propeller blades.

"The tailplane, rudder, and elevators are back on and the wing repairs are also well in hand."

The repair work includes replacement of the propeller blades and repairs to the wing tip.

Chris added: "The core of a replacement Centaurus Mk 18 engine was purchased as soon as possible and the engine rebuild, is also now underway."

Based at RNAS Yeovilton, the Sea Fury flies with the Royal Navy Historic Flight and the financial support is provided by the Fly Navy Heritage Trust, the Royal Navy charity that formed to preserve and promote the Nation's Naval Aviation Heritage.

The total cost of the repair works is estimated to be around £200,000 and the trust is still required to raise £85,000 to reach the target, the Royal Navy stated.


Image: The Sea Fury making the emergency landing at Culdrose Air Day 2014. Photo: courtesy of UK Royal Navy.