Canadian Warplanes 5: de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet

de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet F.20

(Comox AFM Photo via Mike Kaehler)

de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet F. 20 (1), (Serial No. TT193).  A single Sea Hornet F 20 (Serial No. TT193) was sent to Edmonton, Alberta, for winter trials in 1948.  It was employed with the Winter Experimental Establishment (WEE) flight for winter testing at Watson Lake that year.  When it was retired it was sold to Spartan Airways, Reg. No. CF-GUO.  It was the only civilian Sea Hornet and the only one to operate outside of the UK.   Spartan traded CF-GUO to Kenting Aviation because it was going to stick with using Lockheed P-38 Lightnings.  On 11 June 1952, an engine failure caused a forced landing at Terrace, British Columbia.  The aircraft was reduced to spares and a large part of it was stored for years. Many thought it had been scrapped but it wasn't and now it is in New Zealand being restored.

(Comox AFM Photo via Mike Kaehler)

de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet F. 20 (1), (Serial No. TT193), shown here in the Yukon.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4247977)

de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet F. 20.  RN Serial No. TT193.  Spartan Air Services Ltd, Ottawa, Ontario.

(Nigel Albright Photo)

de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet F. 20, RN (Serial No. TT193).

(Comox AFM Photo via Mike Kaehler)

de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet F. 20, RN (Serial No. TT193).

(Comox AFM Photo via Mike Kaehler)

de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet F. 20, RN (Serial No. TT193).   No. 1 engine shutdown and the prop feathered.

(Larry Farley family Photo)

de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet F. 20, RN (Serial No. TT193), Edmonton, c1950.

(Larry Farley family Photo)

de Havilland DH.103 Sea Hornet F. 20, RN (Serial No. TT193), Edmonton, c1950.