BILL EWING COLLECTION
No. 6489. Hawker Sea Fury FB.Mk.11 (CF-CHB c/n 41H636336)
05/31/2007. Remarks by Bill
Ewing: "This is the Hawker Sea Fury FB.Mk.11 (WH589, side
number 115) purchased from the Australian Navy surplus stocks by
RCAF F/L Ormond Haydon-Baillie. Ormond got the US Navy to bring home
the cocooned plane aboard one of their carriers. Once it was
unloaded in San Diego he had it stripped and changed out the
original cartridge starter with a 24-v electric from a Hercules.
Then he fired it up and headed north to Canada. He never made it.
Enroute the drive-shaft on the oil pump sheared. So he headed for
the first available landing place, the super secret USAF Base at
Beale, California, home to the SR-71! With a last final frantic
manouver, he lifted over the old gold diggings off the end of the
main runway there and set it down. He was immediately surrounded by
many armed USAF Air Police. Ten minutes with the Base Commander,
Ormond was having the Sea Fury towed into the main hangar. After
installing a working Centarus obtained in Calgary, Alberta, away he
flew to CFB Cold Lake.
Created May 31, 2007