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Hugh Thomson

Hawker Sea Fury T20 VX280

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I have acquired the old 1/72 Pioneer Hawker Sea Fury T20 and I bought a set of the Ventura decals with markings for a Royal Navy T20 – VX280. It has a red and blue stripe on the rear of the fuselage (plus the usual yellow stripes on the wings) and a large number ‘85’ on the tail.

There seems to be a photo of this aircraft here:


The decals give no indication of the Unit or the date but given the large number on the tail ('85') my guess is that VX280 was participating in one of the air races in which service aircraft participated, probably in the 1950s.

And presumably the red/blue stripe relates to the Unit, possibly a Naval Reserve squadron.

Can anyone shed any light on the background to VX280? Her unit and the reason for the blue/red stripe on the fuselage?

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Scimitar    2,378

She was being used by Hawkers at that time and was race number 85 in the National Air Race of 1949.

She was later issued to 736 Sqn as 291CW then 272BR of 1833Sqn.

Sold back to Hawkers she became G-9-63.

Sold to Germany as a target tug registered D-CACI she was written off in a fatal crash on 10/8/65.after losing her propeller.

Source Air Britain 'bible' on Fleet Air Arm fixed wing aircraft.


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Many thanks Richard. That is very helpful. I always like to know a little more about the aircraft I model.



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