Armstrong-Withworth
Seahawk Mk.100/Mk.101
3 Seahawk Mk.100s of MFG 1

(taken from: unknwon Internet source)

The Armstrong-Withworth "Seahawk" was designed for the Royal Navy as maritime combat aircraft in the mid 1940s. Maiden flight of an unarmed testcraft (VP 401) took place at Boscombe Down on 2nd september 1947.
As a result of the following trials at Farnborough, the engine outlets were redesigned in order to cope with extensive heating of the rear fuselage and vibrations.
A total of 502 aircraft left factory lines before the end of production in 1956. Amongst Operators of the type were the Royal Navy, Royal Dutch Navy and Indian Navy, who operated the Seahawk from aircraft carriers, and of the German Marineflieger.

Two pairs of Mk.100 and Mk.101

(taken from: "Marineflieger", Mittler Verlag)

In 1955 the German Department of Defence decided to purchase a total of 68 Seahawks for the German Navy. These numbers split into 34 maritime fighterbombers (Mk.100) and 34 maritime reconaissance aircraft (Mk.101). The aircraft were to equip the Marinefliegergruppen (later Marinefliegergeschwader) 1 and 2 and were to be used to defend the coastline and seaways to the Baltic Sea.

The first german Seahawk to take aloft was "VA-220" on 26th november 1957. MFGrp 1 was first to take delivery of twelve Seahawks and training started immediately. The Pilots were trained by the Royal Navy in Lossiemouth and by Armstrong-Withworth. On 1st april 1958 MFGrp 1 and soon thereafter on 1st augsut the same year MFGrp 2 were declared operational.

Seahawk Mk.100 unfolding its wings

(taken from: F-40 # 5, "Hawker Seahawk Mk.100 - 101")

The Seahawks reconaissance variant, the Mk.101 was delivered from 1958 onwards. Both second Staffeln were equipped with the armed recce aircraft and received the final Seahawk in 1959.
Fixed armament of the Seahawk consisted of four 20mm maschinecanons installed in the bow. Moreover it could carry up four 500lb bombs or up to 30 unguided rockets on underwing hardpoints. Tests were conducted with a AIM-9B Sidewinder armed Mk.101 at MFG 2, but this never became an operational armament.
Mk.101 had the same fixed weapons as their Mk.100 attack brothers, but could also carry four 400l tanks under the wings. Though often enough they were equipped with three tanks plus a maritime surveillance radar pod (Ekco-38B).

Seahawk Mk.101

(taken from: F-40 # 5, "Hawker Seahawk Mk.100 - 101")

In 1963 the Marineflieger began transitioning to the F-104G/RF-104G Starfighter what put an end to the Seahawks brief aera. Seahawks were officially disbanded in1965, allthough they continued to fly with MFG 2 until the end of 1966. Interestingly enough, the final Seahawk was delivered to the Marine after the official disbandment. This was aircraft number 53 of the planned 68 intended.

28 of the mothballed Seahawks were sold to Indian Navy, where they were also flown from aircraft carriers. India bought a total of 10 Mk.100 and 18 Mk.101.

Technical data:
 

 
Measures
Wingspan           : 11,89m
Length             : 12,09m 
Height             :  2,98m
Weights
Weight empty       :  4208kg
max. Takeoff Weight:  7327kg
Performance
max. Speed         :  940 km/h at 18.000ft
Range              :  830km
Serviceceiling     :  40.000ft
Engine
Rolls-Royce "Nene" Mk.103
Thrust             :  23,15kn

 

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