The Fury made its first prototype flight in February 1945, but the first production aircraft - a Mark 10 - did not make its initial flight until September 1946. The earliest Mk 10's had four-bladed props, but those of all later Furies were five-bladed.
The Mark 10 was approved for carrier operations in Spring 1947, and five Fleet Air Arm squadrons were then equipped with the Sea Fury.
The Mark 10 was followed by the Mark 11 fighter-bomber - 615 of these were eventually delivered to the Navy. It became the Fleet Air Arm's principal single-seat fighter and remained so until the introduction of the Sea Hawk jet fighter in 1953.
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