De Havilland Sea Venom FAW Mk 53
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The Sea Venoms were the RAN’s first jet-powered aircraft. They arrived in 1956 aboard the light-fleet carrier HMAS Melbourne on her maiden voyage as the Australian flag ship. The Sea Venom was a radar-equipped, all-weather, interceptor/strike aircraft, capable of day and night operations. This night-flying ability was unmatched by regional forces for many years, giving the RAN fleet-air-arm an important tactical advantage. The Sea Venoms remained in service from 1956 until 1969, to be replaced by the McDonnell Douglas A4 Skyhawk.
Manufacturer: De Havilland
Type: carrier-borne all-weather fighter
Delivered: 39 aircraft, 1956
Crew: Pilot and Observer
Power plant: De Havilland Ghost 105 turbo jet engine, 5300 lb thrust
Armament: 4 x 20mm Hispano cannons, 8 x 60lb rockets
Speed: 575 mph
Range: 705 miles