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A white Hawker Sea Hawk jet fighter aircraft.

Hawker Sea Hawk

The Sea Hawk was a single-seat jet fighter which entered service with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm in 1953.

Like most naval aircraft, the Sea Hawk had folding wings to save space on an aircraft carrier.

Six squadrons of Sea Hawks took part in operations after Egypt seized control of the Suez Canal. Between 1956 and 1957, Sea Hawks carried out ground attack missions against Egyptian installations. 

This Sea Hawk served with training squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm at Abbotsinch and Lossiemouth, two Scottish airbases.

Date:    1954
Mark: F.2
Crew: 1 (pilot)
Top speed:  599 mph (958 km/h)
Range: 740 miles (1,191 km)
Weapons: 4 x 20mm Hispano cannons

Sea Hawk wings unfolding

Sea Hawk at East Fortune

The Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft parked in a large aviation hangar. Its wings are folded for easier storage.

The Sea Hawk with its wings folded in the Military Aviation hangar at the National Museum of Flight. 

A tiger holding a knife in its mouth painted on the side of a Sea Hawk aircraft.

Close up of the painted tiger on the side of the Sea Hawk aircraft.

Cockpit view

Inside the cockpit of a Sea Hawk aircraft.

The cockpit of the Hawker Sea Hawk. 

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