Hawker Sea Hawk

 

1st Flight 1947

The Hawker Sea Hawk is a British single-seat jet day fighter formerly of the Fleet Air Arm, the air branch of the Royal Navy, built by Hawker Aircraft and its sister company, Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft.

Although its design originated from earlier Hawker piston-engine fighters, the Sea Hawk became the company’s first jet aircraft.

Variants

P.1040

VP401 prototype first flown at Boscombe Down on 2 September 1947, later converted to a P.1072

VP413 Navalized prototype to specification N.7/46 first flown at Farnborough 3 September 1948.

VP422 second-Naval prototype first flown at Farnborough 17 October 1949.

Sea Hawk F1

Production fighters powered by a Rolls-Royce Nene Mk 101 engine; 95 built 

Sea Hawk F2

Production fighter with powered ailerons; 40 built by Armstrong Whitworth.

Sea Hawk FB 3

Fighter-bomber variant with stronger wing for external stores; 116 built.

Sea Hawk FGA 4

Fighter/Ground attack variant; 97 built.

Sea Hawk FB 5

FB3 fitted with the Nene Mk 103; 50 conversions.

Sea Hawk FGA 6

FGA4 with the Nene Mk 103; total of 101

Sea Hawk Mk 50

Export variant based on the FGA 6 for the Royal Netherland Navy; 22 built.

Sea Hawk Mk 100

Export variant for the West German Navy, similar to FGA 6 but fitted with taller fin and rudder; 32 built

Sea Hawk Mk 101

All-weather export variant for the West German Navy, as Mk 100 but fitted with a search radar in an under wing pod; 32 built.

Specifications

Crew: 1

Length: 39 ft 8 in (12.09 m)

Wingspan: 39 ft 0 in (11.89 m)

Height: 8 ft 8 in (2.64 m)

Wing area: 278 sq ft (25.8 m2)

Empty weight: 9,278 lb (4,208 kg)

Gross weight: 13,220 lb (5,996 kg)

Max take-off weight: 16,150 lb (7,326 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Nene 103 centrifugal-flow turbojet engine, 5,200 lbf (23 kN) thrust

Performance

Maximum speed: 600 mph (970 km/h, 520 kn)

Range: 480 mi (770 km, 420 nmi)

Service ceiling: 44,500 ft (13,600 m)

Rate of climb: 5,700 ft/min (29 m/s)

Wing loading: 48 lb/sq ft (230 kg/m2)

Power/mass: 0.38

Armament

Guns: 4 × 20 mm (0.787 in) Hispano Mk.V cannon with 200 rpg

Hard points: 6 under wing with provisions to carry combinations of:

Rockets: 20 × RP-3 “60 lb” (27 kg) unguided rockets or 16 × 5 in (127 mm) unguided rockets

Bombs: 4 × 500 lb (227 kg) bombs

Other:  or 2 × 90 imp gal (108 US gal; 409 l) drop-tanks.

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