The Sea Fury is on track to return to the skies for the 2017 display season

Sue Eagles of Navy Wings

More than 2,500 of the powerplants were built in the 1940s and ’50s for civilian and military aircraft including the enormous Bristol Brabazon airliner and the late WW2 fighter, the Hawker Tempest.

But six decades later, few survive. One was located in the USA by specialist restorers Weald Aviation, who’ve carried out the Sea Fury’s repairs.

They finished work on the airframe last summer and turned to the engine, stripping it, completely overhauling the components, before piecing it all back together.

Sue Eagles of Navy Wings said the Sea Fury was “on track to return to the skies for the 2017 display season”, but that the engineers at Weald faced an extremely challenging job in rebuilding the fighter’s engine.

“The Bristol Centaurus 18 is an incredibly complex 60-year-old engine – one of the most powerful sleeve valve radial engines ever built.

“It has taken a lot of meticulous planning and skilful workmanship to disassemble it down to the last nut and bolt, and rebuild it again – a task once only ever done by the original manufacturers.”

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