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Hawker Sea Hawk

Hawker Sea Hawk
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RR Nene 103 turbojet
5,200 lbs.
39 ft. 8 in.
39 ft.
9,280 lbs.
16,150 lbs.
4 - 20 mm
2,000 lbs.
590 mph
6,000 fpm
44,000 feet
750 miles

The Hawker Sea Hawk was the first British Royal Navy jet aircraft. It first flew in 1947. The first aircraft squadron was deployed in 1953. They remained in service with Great Britain until 1969 and with other countries until 1985.

Although the Sea Hawk had a single jet engine, the engine air intakes, located in the wing leading edges, and its exhausts were split in two. Its tricycle landing gear facilitated carrier operations by giving pilots a better view during their landing approach than could be accomplished by tail dragger aircraft.

As jet aircraft development progressed, the Hawker Sea Hawk was used primarily in the attack role. It had the ability to carry up to 2,000 lbs. of ordnance, considerable for an early single engine jet. However, the aircraft did not have the performance of the most modern jet fighters. Eventually the Sea Hawk served as a ground attack aircraft in the 1956 Suez Crisis.

In addition to Great Britain, Australia, Canada, India, the Netherlands, and West Germany also employed the Hawker Sea Hawk. Aircraft from India saw action against Pakistan in 1971.

A total of 542 Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft of all types were produced.

Hawker Sea Hawk
Hawker Sea Hawk from Traplet plans.

Pictured above and below is the Hawker Sea Hawk built by Sergio Vergara from Traplet plans. The plans are by Chris Golds. Wingspan is 60 1/2" and length is 61". Sergio powers his rc airplane with a SMF 4700 brushless motor turning a WeMoTec Mini fan unit. All up weight is around 4 1/2 lbs.

The second picture below is of the 1/72 scale Hawker Sea Hawk plastic model airplane built by Scott Van Aken from a Airfix kit.

The last picture on this page is of the 1/48 scale Hawker Sea Hawk model airplane built by Bernie Carter from a Trumpeter kit. Wing span is 9 5/8" and length is 9 7/8".

The Hawker Sea Hawk has the looks and dimensions of what should make a great radio control airplane. We are surprised not to find more modeled. Please email us if you know of a Hawker Sea Hawk that should be shown here.

Hawker Sea Hawk
Sergio Vergara's Hawker Sea Hawk.

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Hawker Sea Hawk from Airfix.

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Hawker Sea Hawk from Trumpeter.