Legends Over Madera - Air Show 2009 - Madera, CA (Not affiliated with the 2010 Madera Air Show)  

May 2931, 2009California Air Shows
Madera Airport, Madera CA

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Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 --- N19SF

One of the fastest piston engine aircraft ever built, Hawker's magnificent Sea Fury/Fury has always had the ability to inspire awe amongst everyone from airport kids to jet fighter pilots. It continues to attract fans at airshows and air races around the world and leaves most other aircraft of the era well behind.

Hawker was designated to work on the land-based version, the Fury, and responsibility for the naval conversion was assigned to Boulton-Paul Aircraft Ltd. In April of 1944 contracts were placed for 200 aircraft for each the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm. The first Sea Fury prototype flew on February 21, 1945, but the first full naval version with folding wings did not fly until October 12, 1947.

The Sea Fury was to see significant involvement in the Korean War, mainly in the ground attack role alongside the Fairey Firefly. The aircraft also had the distinction of shooting down a Mig-15, the first by a piston engine fighter, this being achieved by an 802 Squadron aircraft flown by Lt. P. Carmichael on August 9, 1952.

Hawker Sea Fury FB. 11, N19SF "Argonaut", was originally delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy as TG114 in May 1947. Frank Sanders of Chino, California acquired it in 1970 and used parts from it for other restoration projects. It was transferred to Sanders Aircraft in 1990 and was rebuilt based on the cockpit section of Sea Fury TG114 (former N232J) which was itself restored from parts of VR918 and VR919. Its Bristol Centaurus engine was replaced with a Wright R-3350-26WD radial engine, driving a Douglas Skyraider propeller, and first flew after restoration on July 30, 1994. It was named "Argonaut" and assigned race number 114.

The Sanders brothers, Dennis and Brian, are renowned experts in the field of Sea Furies and aircraft restoration in general. "Argonaut' has been equipped with smoke generators on both wing tips, allowing it to visually demonstrate the effects of wing tip vortices and its awesome performance while performing warbird aerobatics at select airshows.

Over the years, "Argonaut" has also been a regular Unlimited participant at the National Championship Air Races, "the world's fastest motor sport", held every September in Reno, Nevada. This immaculate aircraft has relatively few race modifications. To keep oil temps under control, spray bars are used on the oil cooler, and it is also equipped with an ADI system, allowing it to run a typical race power setting of 55 in.Hg. Abs at 2,900 rpm. In 2005, Matt Jackson flew 'Argonaut" to a first place finish in the Unlimited Class Silver Race on Sunday afternoon at a speed of 410.369 mph, just ahead of rookie Stephen Patterson in "Southern Cross" by only .36 mph.

Both of the Sea Furys in the photo below will be at the air show!



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