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New Naval Fighter Aero Planes

Two Dankok L.B.II fighters are made ready for take off at Kastrup airfield.
(Photo: R. Steen Steensen - from the Naval Library's collections)

Development during and after WW1, had clearly shown the need for a dedicated combat aircraft, not least for the protection of the reconnaissance planes.

Consequently it was decided to expand the Naval Air Service with a section of modern land based fighters, and in 1925 3 planes were purchased in England, and based at Kastrup airfield (today, i.e. Copenhagen Airport).

The Naval Air Service had chosen a modified version of the English day- and night fighter Hawker Woodcock Mk II, which had just entered service with the RAF.

The Service had thus acquired a fully modern fighter, and during the next two years the Naval Dockyard build further 12 of these aircraft on license from Hawker. The planes were given the Danish appellation Hawker DANKOK L.B.II, and stationed on the Naval Air Station at Ringsted.

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