RR Nene 103 turbojet
39 ft. 8 in.
4 – 20 mm
The Hawker Sea Hawk, the first British Royal Navy jet aircraft, first flew in 1947. The first aircraft squadron was deployed in 1953. They remained in service with Great Britain until 1969 and with other countries until 1985.
Although the Sea Hawk had a single jet engine, the engine air intakes, located in the wing leading edges, and its exhausts were split in two. Its tricycle landing gear facilitated carrier operations by giving pilots a better view during their landing approach than could be accomplished by tail dragger aircraft.
As jet aircraft development progressed, the Hawker Sea Hawk was used primarily in the attack role. It had the ability to carry up to 2,000 lbs. of ordnance, considerable for an early single engine jet. However, the aircraft did not have the performance of the most modern jet fighters. Eventually the Sea Hawk served as a ground attack aircraft in the 1956 Suez Crisis.
In addition to Great Britain, Australia, Canada, India, the Netherlands, and West Germany also employed the Hawker Sea Hawk. Aircraft from India saw action against Pakistan in 1971.
A total of 542 Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft of all types were produced.
RC Hawker Sea Hawk