Seafire and Sea Fury

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Seafire and Sea Fury

Post by paul.mercer » Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:46 pm

Gentlemen,
Another question on aircraft engines I'm afraid.
Could you please tell me what engine the Hawker Sea Fury had and what engine the Seafire had? (With it's long nose it looks as if the Seafire may have had a Griffon), but it would be interesting to know.
Thanks once again for your help.

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Re: Seafire and Sea Fury

Post by Byron Angel » Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:33 am

paul.mercer wrote:Gentlemen,
Another question on aircraft engines I'm afraid.
Could you please tell me what engine the Hawker Sea Fury had and what engine the Seafire had? (With it's long nose it looks as if the Seafire may have had a Griffon), but it would be interesting to know.
Thanks once again for your help.

Seafire I - Merlin 45, 50, 55, 46, 50A or 56

Seafire II - Merlin 32, 45 or 46

Seafire III - Merlin 45, 50, 55, 46, 50A or 56

Seafire XV - Griffon VI

Seafire XVII - Griffon VI

Seafire 45 - Griffon 61

Seafire 46 - Griffon 87

Seafire 47 - Griffon 87


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Re: Seafire and Sea Fury

Post by Dave Saxton » Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:05 pm

The Sea Fury was powered by the Bristol Centarus. This was a radial engine with 18 cylinders. It produced 2,450 peak horsepower for take off. Max level flight airspeed was 460 mph. The Sea Fury was too late to become operational during WWII but did see some action in Korea. Only 100 Sea Fury's were ever built, because as soon as the WWII ended the RN cancelled further production in favor of jet fighters. The Sea Fury design was heavilly influenced by the FW190A.
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