Heritage: Sea Fury Airframe History
|RAN/RN Serial||RAN Code||Type||Delivered||Aircraft History|
|TF925||110/JR||25/05/49||07/11/49, Reduced to Spares and produce.
It is possible some of this aircraft lives on with VX730 at the Australian War Memorial.
|VW232||100/K||FB.11||25/05/49||805 Sqdn 24/49.
Whilst being flown by 805 Sqdn Senior Pilot LEUT(P) Cunningham during gunnery practice on a splash target the aircraft was sprayed with 20mm ball shot by his number two. The aircraft was ordered to land at Lossiemouth where it was found to be a write off.
Ground instructional airframe 30/03/51,NAS Nowra.
Rebuilt in RAN service using rear fuselage, outer wings and stern post of TF925.
To Australian War Memorial, Canberra displayed on carrier deck diorama as RAN VX730/109K.
|VW543||105/K||RN aircraft loaned to RAN
Served aboard HMAS Sydney.
|VW582||111/K||RN aircraft loaned to RAN
Served aboard HMAS Sydney.
|VW622||101/K||25/05/49||16/07/52, being flown by the Commanding officer of 805 Squadron while doing a low level roll practising aerobatics for an Air Day it crashed on the runway at RANAS Nowra killing the pilot LCDR(P) D.R Hare, RAN.|
|FB.11||25/05/49||Construction number 41H/613993
Withdrawn as Gate Guard HMAS Albatross 1965 to 1972. Marked as 102K.
To Naval Aviation Museum, Nowra 1974-1995.
RAN Historic Flight Nowra 1996 to 2002. Registered as VH-NVS.
Reassembled and repainted in 2011 for Commissioning Ceremony of 808 Squadron. Moved to FAA Museum in December 2018 and is now on permanent static display. Advice from the FAAM Mar19 was that the engine that was in this aircraft was removed placed in WG630 prior to its sale to the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) purchase towards the end of 2018. The engine that was in WG630 is reserved for future exhibition in the Museum.
|25/05/49||08/01/54, Spares and Produce.|
|25/05/49||06/03/59, Sold to T.Carr & Co. for scrap.
|VW626||105/K||25/05/49||04/06/57, Sold to Fitzgibbon & Garthon for scrap.|
|VW627||106/K||25/05/49||04/02/52, Spares and Produce.|
|VW629||25/05/49||01/10/65, Fire Fighting -Struck Off Charge (SOC).|
|VW630||FB.11||25/05/49||26/09/60, Sold to Aluminium Ingots Co. for scrap.|
|VW631||110/K||25/05/49||25/10/56, Sold to A.G. Simms for scrap.|
|25/05/49||06/03/59, Sold to T. Carr & Co for scrap.|
|25/05/49||Damaged 12/11/55 whilst with 805 Sqdn RAN.
Wheels up landing at Camden NSW.
Fire Fighting S.O.C.
|VW635||114/K||25/05/49||02/11/56, Sold for scrap.|
|25/05/49||02/11/56, Sold for scrap.|
|VW637||116/K||25/05/49||26/09/60, Sold to A.L Ingots Co. for scrap.|
|25/05/49||Damaged 13/10/54, Nowra.
18/10/55, Spares and produce.
|VW639||118/K||25/05/49||Damaged 13/02/54, HMAS Melbourne.
15/11/55, Spares and produce at RANAS Schofields.
|25/05/49||18/5/53,aircraft written off after having crashed on take off from airfield at HMAS Albatross Nowra when the engine failed.
Pilot LEUT(P)Bolton RAN severely injured.
Reduced to spares and produce.
|25/05/49||26/09/60, Sold to Aluminium Ingots Co. for scrap.|
|VW643||124/K||25/05/49||03/59 Sold to T Carr & Co for scrap|
|VW644||123/K||25/05/49||02/11/56, Sold to Aluminium Ingots Co. for scrap.|
|25/05/49||On Tuesday the 30/08/55 the aircraft whilst being flown by LEUT(P)J.R Bluett RN in company with Sea Fury WZ-650 was credited with the shooting down of a pilotless Auster J/4 Archer aircraft into the sea off Broken Bay. The aircraft had a yellow “Kill” symbol representing the Auster painted onto the fuselage.
04/06/57, Sold to Fitzgibbon & Garthon for scrap.
|25/05/49||22/11/50,the pilot LEUT(P) W.G Bowles RAN on having an engine failure bailed out 9.5 miles from RANAS Nowra landing in a tree.
A passing motorist cut him down unhurt.
The aircraft crashed and was destroyed nearby.
|25/05/49||15/11/59, Sold to Experimental Building Station, Ryde, NSW,
Currently located at the Camden Museum of Aviation
This is a privately owned collection and is not open to the public.
|VW648||112/K||25/05/49||17/07/51, Ditched in sea off HMAS Sydney by LEUT Goldrick, RAN.|
|25/05/49||04/06/57, Sold to Fitzgibbon & Garthon for scrap.|
|1950||25/10/56, Sold to A. G. Simms for scrap.|
|VX661||126/K||1950||02/11/56, Sold to Aluminium Ingots Co. for scrap.|
|VX687||115/NW||Very little information on VX687 except our photo showing RAN tiles and codes.
Maybe RN aircraft loaned to RAN?
Scrapped at Gosport, UK 04/51 after a forced landing
|VX707||10/12/50||14/2/58,with 805 Sqdn RAN, birdstrike during low level cross country exercise.
Firefighting . S.O.C.
|VX724||10/12/50||11/11/1951 808 Sqdn HMAS Sydney. Did not lower hook and entered No2 barrier on touchdown.
29/07/54, Spares and produce.
|VX725||100/K||10/12/50||25/10/56, Sold to A.G. Simms for scrap.|
|VX726||101/K||10/12/50||29/12/53, the aircraft on being launched from HMAS Sydney crashed into the sea ahead of the ship killing the pilot SBLT(P) Beardsall,RN of 850 Squadron.|
|VX727||102/K||10/12/50||08/62,Fire Fighting -S.O.C. 10/65|
|VX728||103/K||10/12/50||22/10/51, LEUT(P) Knapstein, RAN. Hit by flak and force landed onto a mud flat on the South bank of the HAN River.
Rescued by a boat from HMS Amethyst.
|VX729||132/K||10/12/50||09/12/55, Spares and produce.|
|10/12/50||18/6/57,with 805 Sqdn RAN, engine failure and forced landing onto Currarong Beach NSW.09/03/59,
Sold to NSW Department of Education
Sea Fury marked VX730 on display in the Australian War Memorial.
Some parts of this machine could be from TF925 and VW232.
|VX748||10/12/50||During exercises aboard HMAS Sydney in the Hervey Bay area Lt Campbell of 808 Squadron did not flare out on landing and crashed into No.2 barrier. The aircraft flipped over and the pilot suffered superficial head injuries and shock. The aircraft was a complete write off
01/11/51, Spares and produce.
|VX749||10/12/50||14/06/62, Fire Fighting – S.O.C.|
|VX750||10/12/50||20/01/56, Spares and produce.|
|VX751||106/K||10/12/50||10/09/52,the pilot SBLT(P) Ian McDonald, RAN, had an engine failure and force landed on an airstrip at Cape Gloucester, New Guinea, pilot uninjured.
Aircraft later salvaged and reduced to spares.
|10/12/50||14/06/52, Fire Fighting. S.O.C.|
|VX753||132/Q||10/12/50||16/09/54,this aircraft spun in from low level at Jervis Bay airfield killing the pilot LEUT(P)R.G Owen RN|
|VX754||10/12/50||03/05/51, Crashed into sea after RATOG take off from HMAS Sydney. LEUT(P)R.W Barnett, RAN killed.|
|VX755||10/12/50||08/02/56, Spares and produce.|
|10/12/50||01/10/65, Fire Fighting – S.O.C.|
|VX757||10/12/50||26/09/60, Sold to Aluminium Ingots Co. for scrap.|
|VX758||10/12/50||19/04/58,aircraft had an engine failure ditched and pilot LEUT(P) Williams, RN rescued.|
|VX759||10/12/50||02/11/56, Sold to Aluminium Ingots Co. for scrap.|
|VX760||10/12/50||25/10/56, Sold to A.G. Simms for scrap.|
|VX761||131/K||10/12/50||11/09/51,Oil pressure dropped and pilot elected to land on HMAS Sydney on transit to Korea.
Engine failed downwind with wheels and flaps down.
LEUT(P) Webster,805 Sqdn RAN – rescued.
|VX762||10/12/50||17/05/53, Mid-air with a Tiger Moth over Wagga airfield
LCDR(P) Wild, DFC,Commanding Officer of 850 Squadron RAN killed.
(Tiger Moth occupant unhurt.)
|VX763||133/K||10/12/50||20/02/56, Spares and produce.|
|VX764||134/K||10/12/50||17/12/51, Shot down over Korea.
LCDR(P) Bowles, RAN-hit by AA fire and bailed out.Rescued by a friendly junk and conveyed to an island where he was picked up by a helicopter and returned to the ship.
|10/12/50||04/06/57, Sold to Fitzgibbon & Garthon for scrap.|
|10/12/50||05/11/51, LEUT(P) Clarkson, DFM, RAN killed.
Aircraft failed to pull out of a dive whilst attacking enemy transport in the Han river area, Korea.
|WE675||137/K||10/12/50||23/4/57 whilst with 805 Sqdn at NAS Nowra tail wheel broke off on landing and aircraft swung of runway.
06/03/59, Sold to T. Carr for scrap.
|WE676||138/K||10/12/50||08/02/56, Spares and produce.|
|WE677||10/12/50||11/12/51 damaged when with 805 Sqdn HMAS Sydney flared out late, bounced between Nos 2 and 3 wires and entered No 2 barrier.
16/04/52, Fire Fighting -S.O.C.
|WE678||10/12/50||26/09/60, Sold to Aluminium Ingots for scrap.|
|WE679||10/12/50||07/12/51, Shot down in Korea . SBLT(P) Smith, RN rescued.|
|WE686||1950||02/01/51,launched from HMAS Sydney on a Carrier Air Patrol during the Korean war SBLT(P)R.J Coleman,RAN disappeared from his formation.
He was not found and and presumed missing, killed in action.
|WE790||RN aircraft loaned to RAN during Korean War
c1951 diverted to US Marine base with battle damage.
NB. There is uncertainty about the validity of this story when more facts come to light
|WE791||1950||26/07/60, Sold to Aluminium Ingots for scrap.|
|WE795||1951||07/12/51, Shot down by AAA over Korea.
SBLT(P) Sinclair killed whilst bailing out. His body recovered by helo and buried at sea.
|WE796||1951||25/10/51, Shot down in Korea LEUT(P) Wheatley, RAN rescued.|
|WE797||106/K||1951||13/12/51, Shot down in Korea. SBLT(P) Cooper ,RAN bailed out and rescued.|
|1951||Crash landed at Nowra on 22/8/55 engine failure on takeoff.S/LEUT(P)Henry RAN 805 Sqdn
25/10/60, Sold to A.G. Simms for scrap.
|WF591||1951||06/03/59, Sold to T. Carr for scrap.|
|WF593||1951||26/09/53, Sold To Aluminium Ingots for scrap.|
|WG627||1952||26/09/60, Sold to Aluminium Ingots for scrap.|
|WG628||920/NW||1952||06/03/59,Attached to 723 Sqdn.
On the 22/11/55 and whilst being flown by LEUT(P)T Branson RAN the aircraft suffered a total engine failure over the Australian Alps.The aircraft glided to canberra airfield where a successful and safe landing was made. A rare green(Commendation) entry was made in appendix C of the pilots log book.The RAN accident report No 448 shows the cause as a “Defect in the Control System”
Sold to T, Carr for scrap.
|WG630||FB.11||1952||15/11/59, Eperimental Building Station, Ryde, NSW, 1959-1986. Used as wind machine to test building materials.
Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT, 1986.
Purchased by Navy from AWM to serve as static display for FAA 50th Anniversary. Crudely painted and served as static display in Naval Aviation Museum, Nowra until December 2018. Was then allocated for disposal by Tender and stored J hangar. It was purchased as part of a lot of RAN Historic flight aircraft by HARS in December 2018. Will be moved to the HARS facility early in 2019 for eventual rebuild – hopefully to flying status. Advice from the FAAM (as of March 2019) was that the engine sold with this aircraft had been taken from VW623 prior to HARS’ purchase, and the engine that was in WG630 was now in the museum, pending display.
|1952||06/03/59, Sold to T. Carr for scrap.|
|WH583||171/K||1952||25/10/56, Sold to A.G. Simms for scrap.|
|WH586||1952||12/04/56, Crashed Nowra SBLT(P) Howe, RAN of 724 Squadron killed when returning from a night flying sortie.
He dived into the ground near airfield.
Sold to G Grieg of Sydney 1963-64
Lord Tefgarne 1964
Shipped to USA 1964
Grant Weaver, San Jose CA 1965-67
Registered N260X. Pylon race number 33
Stan Booker Fresno CA 1967
James R. Fugate, Aurora, OR 1969
Sherman Cooper, Merced, CA 1971-1972.
Westernair of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM, 1972
Ellsworth Getchell, San Jose,CA 1975 to present
|WH588||114/NW||FB.11||1952||Brought on charge 7/03/52.
Struck off charge 23/09/63 then became VH-BOU, N588, G-EEMV
Crashed 12/05/2001 Sywell UK, killing the owner & pilot Paul Morgan. You can see a brief report of the accident here.
The wreckage is under restoration by Dan Borgstrom in Sweden
|WH589||115/NW||FB.11||1952||Brought on charge M7/03/52.
Struck off charge 23/09/63.
Now in USA. Aircraft is highly modified for air racing and flies as “Furias”.
Owned by Bill Rogers and Dale Stolzer of “Everett” Washington USA.
There are two other examples of Fury/Sea Fury wearing these same markings The first was an ex-Iraqi Fury registered VH-HFX in 1985. It was exported to UK in 1991 returning to Australia in 2011 as VH-ORN. It has since returned to Europe. The second is an ex-Royal Navy Sea Fury currently registered F-AZXJ. It has no Australian connection.F-AZXJ was offered for sale in France in August 2019, with advice that it had been restored in 2007 by US company Sanders Aeronautics and exported to France three years later. During a further overhaul by Sanders its engine had been replaced with a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 CB3. It flies in RAN colours (dark blue) and is being sold by Boschung Global on behalf of its current owner. No price was mentioned.
|1952||1961, Fire Fighting – S.O.C.|
|1953||06/03/59, Sold to T. Carr for scrap.|
|1953||26/09/60, Sold to Aluminium Ingots for scrap.|
|WJ294||102/K||1953||15/03/54, Ditched. LEUT(P) Brettingham-Moore, RAN rescued.|
|WJ297||955/NW||1953||06/03/59, Sold to T. Carr for scrap.|
|1953||14/06/62, Fire Fighting – S.O.C.|
|WM479||106/K||1953||14/06/62, Fire fighting – S.O.C.|
|WN480||1953||25/10/56, Sold to A.G. Simms for scrap.|
|WM481||1953||06/03/59, Sold to T. Carr for scrap.|
|WM482||1953||26/10/56 Sold to A.G. Simms for scrap|
|WM490||1953||25/10/56, Sold to A.G. Simms for scrap.|
|WZ642||102/K||FB.11||27/05/54||With 805 Sqdn 15/05/55 when being flown by LEUT(P)R Leeson RAN while landing this aircraft at the Griffith Air Show WZ642 ran into and cut off the tail of Sea Fury WZ-652.
9/12/55 sold to A.G Simms for scrap.
|WZ643||113/K||FB.11||27/05/54||06/03/59, Sold to T. Carr for spares.|
|WZ644||101/K||FB.11||27/05/54||21/07/55, Flying locally from RANAS Nowra LEUT(P) Leeson, RAN of 805 Squadron crashed into Beecroft Range and was killed.|
|WZ645||102/K||FB.11||27/05/54||14/6/57, Whilst with 805 Sqdn,and being flown by LEUT(P) Davidson RAN, engine overspeed, forced landing on Currarong Beach NSW,aircraft caught fire.
24/03/58, Spares and produce at Nowra.
|WZ646||103/K||FB.11||27/05/54||20/10/55, Crashed into sea off Wreck Bay LEUT(P) Henry,RAN of 805 Squadron killed.|
|WZ647||104/K||FB.11||27/05/54||04/06/57, Sold to Fitzgibbon & Garthon for scrap.|
|WZ648||105/K||FB.11||27/05/54||25/10/56, Sold to A.G. Simms for scrap.|
|WZ649||106/K||FB.11||27/05/54||31/07/58, Fire Fighting -S.O.C.|
|WZ650||107/K||FB.11||27/05/54||06/03/59,Flown by LEUT(P)McNay RN of 805 Sqdn on Tuesday 30 August 1955, the aircraft in company with another Sea Fury from 805 Sqdn was involved in the shootdown of an Auster J/4 Archer aircraft that had taken off from Bankstown Airport without its pilot.The Auster was shot down into the sea from a height of 10,000 approx 10 miles North east of Broken Bay.
Sold to T. Carr for scrap.
|WZ651||108/K||FB.11||27/05/54||06/03/59, Sold to T. Carr for scrap.|
|WZ652||102/K||FB.11||27/05/54||14/06/57,With 805 Sqdn.
Sea Fury WZ-642 cut the tail off this aircraft whilst landing at the Griffith Air Show 15/05/55.
Written off 16/05/55
Sold for scrap 15/06/57.
|WZ653||109/K||FB.11||27/05/54||02/11/56, Sold to Aluminium Ingots for scrap.|