Sea Fury T20 Performs First Post-Restoration Flight, Will Appear At Upcoming Special Event [Video]

Earlier today, Hawker Sea Fury T20 VX281/G-RNHF returned to the air for the first time since 2014, marking the completion of a three year restoration process.

As previously reported, the aircraft suffered an engine failure during the 2014 RNAS Culdrose Air Day, which resulted in an emergency landing. In the process the machine’s undercarriage collapsed, causing it to skid off the runway. Following the incident, Weald Aviation Services of Essex restored the airframe and assembled a newly acquired Bristol Centaurus 18 radial engine that had been stripped back to its component parts and completely overhauled.

Today’s flight was conducted from North Weald with Lt.Cmdr Chris Gotke AFC at the controls. Gotke is the same pilot who masterfully landed the aircraft following its engine failure, an action that earned him the Air Force Cross.

The flight was filmed from the ground as well as the cockpit and can be seen in the videos below.

Sea Fury Flies!

At just after 12:30 today, piloted by Lt.Cmdr Chris Gotke AFC, the Navy Wings Hawker Sea Fury T.20 'VX281' got airborne from North Weald for the first time in around 3 years. More images and video to follow, but for now just listen to that wonderful Bristol Centaurus XVIII roar!

– Weald Aviation Services

Posted by Weald Aviation Services ltd on Friday, September 1, 2017

 

The Sea Fury T20's first test flight after her rebuild

The Sea Fury T20's first test flight after her rebuild at North Weald Aviation Services ltd. Piloted by Lt Cdr Chris Gotke. Navy Wings would like to thank all our supporters for donating towards the charity for her rebuild and return to skies. https://www.navywings.org.uk/news-blog/sea-fury-t20-returns-skies/

Posted by Navy Wings on Friday, September 1, 2017

 

Navy Wings Sea Fury T20 view from the rear of her first test flight after her rebuild. Flown by Lt Cdr Chris Gotke navywings.org.uk

Posted by Navy Wings on Friday, September 1, 2017

 

Beautiful day to go flying! The Navy Wings Sea Fury T20 flown by Lt Cdr Chris Gotke

Posted by Navy Wings on Friday, September 1, 2017

 
The machine is currently slated to perform at a special Sea Fury heritage event on September 22. Click here for complete details.

(via Navy Wings and Weald Aviation Services, Ltd. Photo: Tony Hisgett via Wikimedia Commons)