During World War II, the Hawker Hurricane fighter was one of the British Royal Air Force's most important aircraft. Immediately following the first test flights in June 1936, the Air Ministry placed an order for 600 aircraft, a huge number for the time; the Hurricane's simple construction allowed large numbers to be produced quickly. The Hurricane's strengths included its powerful engine, retractable undercarriage and eight machine guns. In 1940, the Hurricane alone accounted for 55% of RAF victories.
By the time production came to an end in September 1944, over 14,000 aircraft had been built, of which almost 3,000 were delivered to the Soviet Union.
The "Warbird" section of the AIRPOWER16 Static Display will be featuring an example owned by Karl Grimminger.
Facts & Figures
|Manufacturer||Hawker Aircraft Limited|
|Empty weight||2,560 kg|
|Max. takeoff weight||3,910 kg|
|Maximum speed||250 KIAS / 463 km/h|
|Service ceiling||10,000 ft / 3,048 m|
|Powerplant||Rolls-Royce Merlin 500|
|Power||1 x 1,600 hp|