That ain't no Sea Fury! by Colin Smedley

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F-AZXL is one of the 55 land-based Hawker Fury fighters supplied to the Iraqi Air Force in the early 1950s. Known as a “Baghdad” Fury this version has no arrestor hook or folding wings. Painted in spurious Australian Navy markings this example has been fitted with a Wright R-3550 engine and a four-blade propellor instead of the original Bristol Centaurus and five-blader. This machine, now owned and flown by Christophe Jacquard, is pictured taxying in at the Duxford Flying Legends Air Display in 2009.

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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is

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  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroover 1 year ago

    Still a lovely aircraft and image, Colin!

  • Thanks again Glenn!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 1 year ago

    Had me worried, I’ve got shots of what as far as I know is a Sea Fury, same markings different reg. Nice shot!

  • When it comes to warbirds there’s some real tricksters out there Nigel!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 1 year ago

    Well captured Colin.- Ted

  • Thanks a lot Ted!

    – Colin Smedley

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  • Many thanks for the feature Vitta!

    – Colin Smedley

  • muz2142
    muz214217 days ago

    A Bagdad Fury, I think (Iraqi Air Force). No tail hook. Nice shot and four bladed prop. I think it is ex Australian (but only on the civil register – Royal Australian Navy markings are spurious.

  • Thanks for that Muzz! Did you see what I had put under “description”?

    – Colin Smedley

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