Confessions of an Airshow Announcer – The Hawker Sea Fury

An Ongoing Series


December 1, 2021

Tom Lymburn

Ellsworth Getchell taxies in at Holman Field while folding the wings. Wing folding saves space aboard carriers. The tail hook has been removed and the rudder area increased.

"And now ladies and gentlemen, from your right, keep your eyes on the landing lights and the wing tip smoke generators. Cameras ready! Let's rock and roll with Commander Curt Brown and the vortex demo! This is Sawbones!"

Longtime readers of the Minnesota Flyer know that since 2009, I've crewed on and written about a Hawker Sea Fury named Sawbones that races at Reno.

Courtesy of Dr. Robin Crandall, I've been privileged to participate in and cover what is called the "World's Fastest Motor Sport." I've also been privileged to call Sawbones in airshows. However, my connection to the Sea Fury b...

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