Hawker Sea Hawk Mark 100

The Hawker Sea Hawk Mark 100 was a day fighter version of the aircraft produced for West Germany. The German order came in 1956, just after the Dutch had ordered the Mk.50, and just after Armstrong Whitworth had dismantled the original production line.

The Sea Hawk Mk.100 was to be used as a day interceptor by the land-based air arm of the West German Navy. The Mk.100 was based on the F.G.A.6, and was given a UHF radio, gyroscopic gun sights, and a larger fin and rudder (introduced to balance the extra weight of the radar carried on the Mk.101). They were also later given the ability to carry Sidewinder air-to-air missiles on the outer pylons.

The Germans ordered a total of 64 Sea Hawks, of which 32 were delivered as Mk.100s. The first twelve of these aircraft were completed by Armstrong Whitworth, but the remaining aircraft were delivered in parts and assembled by Focke-Wulf at Bremen, in a small factory built in the middle of the ruins of the massive wartime complex.

The Sea Hawk served with Marinefliegergruppe Mfg-1 and Mfg-2 of the Marineflieger until they were replaced by the Lockheed F.104G Starflight during 1965.

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (6 June 2010), Hawker Sea Hawk Mark 100 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_hawker_sea_hawk_100.html

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