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Hawker Fury FB11 ISS - F-AZXL
 

The Hawker Fury FB10 ISS c/n 37514/ISS20 with registration F-AZXL as it is in the French civil registry since 2008, she is owned by private collector Frederic Akary.

The fighter is an orignal Hawker Fury FB10 ISS (Iraqi Single Seater) built for the Iraqi Air Force around 1948. The Fury ISS was unofficially known as the Baghdad Fury. In total the Iraqi Air Force ordered sixty examples of the Fury ISS that were operational well into the 1970s.

When the Iraqi Air Force disposed of their remaining Furies in 1979, American warbird collectors bought Iraq’s remaining 24 fighters and all spares and shipped them to Orlando, Florida, the United States.

This particular Fury was dismantled and stored in Orlando. And although sold, she also remained stored with her next owner in Nyack - New York until 1987.

From 1994 it was in Fort Worth, Texas were she was restored to flying condition and also the original Bristol Centaurus engine was replaced by a Pratt & Witney R3350, that is why there is a 4 bladed propellor instead of the original 5 bladed. In this configuration her first flight was made in early 1996.

She was damaged in a wheels up landing while owned by Mr. Wiley Sanders. She was sent to Ezell Aviation in Texas for restoration in the mid-1990s.

She was subsequently sold to Mr. Stu Davidson in South Africa where she joined the warbird circuit as ZU-WOW, already showing her current Royal Australian Navy colours. In 2007 she was bought by the present owner Frederic Akary and shipped to her new home in France; Avignon.

The colours currently applied on the F-AZXL represent a Sea Fury FB10 of the Royal Australian Navy who operated the type from 1949 to 1953. The most noticable differences between the Sea Fury and Fury is that the latter lacks an arrestor hook system and the folding wings.

Hawker Fury FB10 ISS - F-AZXL - France - Privately Owned - France
 

Hawker Fury FB10 ISS
F-AZXL - 369

Hawker Fury FB10 ISS - F-AZXL - France - Privately Owned - France   Hawker Fury FB10 ISS - F-AZXL - France - Privately Owned - France   Hawker Fury FB10 ISS - F-AZXL - France - Privately Owned - France   Hawker Fury FB10 ISS - F-AZXL - France - Privately Owned - France
 
Hawker Fury FB10 ISS - F-AZXL - France - Privately Owned - France   Hawker Fury FB10 ISS - F-AZXL - France - Privately Owned - France  
 
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