No. 803 Squadron RCN Seafires Mk. XV

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Click on the image to enlarge Another photo (see previously posted images) of Seafires Mk. XV of No. 803 Squadron Royal Canadian Navy based ...

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Another photo (see previously posted images) of Seafires Mk. XV of No. 803 Squadron Royal Canadian Navy based at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in 1946-1947.

The Seafire Mk. XV was the first Griffon-powered Seafire. It arrived too late for operational service in World War II, which was just as well as its deck handling characteristics were very bad indeed.

A total of 35 aircraft of this type served with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). They were flown operationally by No. 803 Squadron (June 1945 – August 1947) and No. 883 Squadron (September 1945 – November 1947), but saw only limited service aboard HMCS Warrior before the type was restricted to operation from shore bases. Soon replaced by the Hawker Sea Fury, the Seafires were taken out of service and relegated to second-line duties. The last Canadian unit to fly Seafire Mk.XV’s was the Training Air Group, which grounded its surviving examples of this aircraft in the spring of 1949. [Public Archives of Canada]

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By Anonymous  |  2010-03-01 at 01:36  |  permalink

This pic is of early XV's as the hook is hinged under the fuselage The later ones [which I flew] had "sting" hooks, a great improvement

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