Aeronautics is restoring one of their original Hawker Sea Fury
T Mk.20's "924", complete
with state-of-the-art avionics and Centaurus Mk.18
"924" (Construction #ES.8502) was built by Hawker-Siddeley
Aircraft Ltd. at Langley, England and first flew in 1954, remaining
in England until it was delivered to the
Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn, Germany on August,
29, 1958. The red-painted aircraft were contracted to
the Luftwaffe to provide towed targets for both naval
and artillery gunners.
After being retired from target towing in 1970, "924"
was purchased by Doug Arnold on July 30, 1974 and
registered G-BCKH. John J. Stokes of Warbirds Of The
World, based in San Marcos, Texas, purchased the
aircraft and it was delivered to the
United States, via Prestwick, on October 20, 1974.
Lloyd Hamilton purchased this T Mk.20, registered it
as N924G, and brought it to Chino, California to have
Sanders Aircraft install F-102 wheels and brakes. One
thing led to another and Frank Sanders/Sanders Aircraft purchased "924" in
1978 and painted it in Royal Navy 924 colors. "924" was also flown as race 88 at the
National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada.
This Hawker Sea Fury is now being rebuilt by Sanders
Aeronautics to the highest of
standards, with some components of the airplane having
never flown. No expense is being spared to restore "924" to one of the finest flying
Sea Furies in the world.
On 27 June 2012, Dennis ran 924’s stock Bristol Centaurus for the first time in 15 years. He said, “I
would have bet a hundred dollars that it wouldn’t have
started, and it only took a few blades to come alive!”
Only a few more items on the list ‘till she’s flown.
Shortly after the engine runs, "924" was successfully
test flown by Dennis Sanders and has since attended the
National Championship Air Races in 2012. In August 2013,
"924" returned from Arizona Aeropainting in Eloy,
Arizona in its original livery.