With two forward firing 7.7 mm machine guns and a top speed of 333 km/h, the Hawker Fury packed a punch for anyone that got in its way.
This fast biplane interceptor fighter was created in 1927, and was used throughout the interwar years until larger more powerful monoplane fighters started appearing on the scene. One of these monoplane fighters, the Hawker Hurricane, was based on the Fury, but with a more powerful engine, enclosed cockpit, retractable landing gear, and many more modifications.
The Hawker Fury was manned by one pilot, and was the first British fighter capable of surpassing 200 mph (322 km/h). The sleek strait lines of its fuselage make it look fast even if it’s not flying. Despite the performance of this airplane, it never received a production contract and only a total of 275 were made. Nevertheless, the Fury was an important step towards providing the Allies with one of their most effective fighters during WWII, the Hawker Hurricane.
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Here are some watercolour paintings – from the pilot’s view – of strafing a train on the ground. The spray of white dots are machine gun bullets. A good pilot will first take out the engine, and then the rest are easy because the train stops moving. These paintings where inspired after I watched some real gun-camera footage from the cameras in the wings of WWII fighters.
Here is another picture of the 1/72 scale Hawker Fury model I recently finished assembling.