Hawker Hurricane - British fighter responsible for the majority of the RAF`s victories in the battle of Britain.
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Extract from "Hurricane: The Last Witnesses"
In the Battle of Britain, Hurricanes gained the highest number of RAF victories: 1,593 of 2,739. By the beginning of 1941 Luftwaffe pilots had their measure. It did not do for a Messerschmitt Bf109 to get into a dogfight with Hurricanes because the Hurricane could out-turn it, but German "dive and zoom" tactics put Hurricane pilots at a disadvantage. Yet those crucial months in 1939-1940 were everything. Without the Hurricane, the Battle of Britain would have been lost. Bob Doe: "An average pilot could get more from a Hurricane than from a Spitfire. But if you were good you could get more from a Spitfire."
Telegraph offers Supermarine Spitfire Mk II and Hawker Hurricane Mk I scale model planes
The Telegraph is offering the chance to get a Supermarine Spitfire Mk II and Hawker Hurricane Mk I 1:72 scale model plane. Just pick up a copy of The Daily Telegraph on Saturday for voucher to claim the Supermarine Spitfire Mk II model plane. To get a Hawker Hurricane Mk I model plane, collect your voucher in Sunday`s Telegraph. Take the vouchers to Toys `R` Us, HobbyCraft and Modelzone to claim your scale model plane.
Fully restored Hawker Hurricane warplane may fetch $3.3 million at auction
The first airworthy Hawker Hurricane warplane for sale in 20 years may fetch up to USD3.3 million at a sale in Australia. The fully restored vintage 300mph fighter - the backbone of the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain - will be auctioned off by Bonhams & Goodman on Sept. 27 in Melbourne. The 1940 Second World War aircraft had been recovered in 1991 from the Murmansk in Russia, where it had been shot down in 1943. The wreck of the single-seat fighter was purchased by warbird enthusiast Tim Wallis in 1992 and took 8 years to restore to the colors of No. 73 Squadron. Just 11 Hurricanes are in airworthy condition worldwide.
Restoration of a WW2 Hurricane fighter - Warbird scene is a popular hobby
A World War II Hawker Hurricane is looking forward to taking wing once more in the colours of the Finnish Air Force. All it takes is the work of 6 mechanics over 2 years and 1.5 million. There are no airworthy Hurricanes left in Finland, and you have to ask: why would an Englishman want to spent such a large amount of money on behalf of Finnish aviation history? It`s a labour of love. "As a kid I used to put together scale model aeroplanes. I started flying 15 years ago," says Philip Lawton. In England the restoration of old military aircraft is a popular hobby, during the summer there can be 3 flying shows per weekend.
Time to remember the Hurricane - Overshadowed by Spitfire (Article no longer available from the original source)
France had surrendered. Britain stood alone. Hitler`s invasion barges were massing across the Channel. Once the German Luftwaffe had knocked out the RAF, the Nazi invasion could begin. Hurricanes equipped more squadrons, scored more "kills," and brought more wounded pilots safely home than any other RAF fighter. And yet then, as now, the Hurricane was overshadowed by the glamorous Supermarine Spitfire.
Billionaire buys a rare Hawker Hurricane (Article no longer available from the original source)
One of the world`s richest men has bought a new toy for one and a half million pounds - an historic warplane rebuilt in Suffolk which has just flown for the first time in 60 years. American billionaire Paul Allen has just added a rare Hawker Hurricane to his extraordinary private collection of fighter aircraft. One of the key themes of Mr Allen`s collection is the Battle of Britain - both the RAF and the Luftwaffe - and the Hurricane, though often overshadowed by the Spitfire, was responsible for shooting down more than 60% of all `kills`.