Hawker Hurricane

During World War II, the Hawker Hurricane fighter was one of the mainstays of the UK’s Royal Air Force.

After the first test flights in June 1936, the Ministry of Aviation ordered 600 units (an enormous number for that time). The simple design of the Hurricane favoured rapid, large-scale production. Its strengths included its powerful engine, retractable undercarriage, and eight machine guns. In 1940, 55% of British air victories were thanks to the Hurricane alone.

By the end of series production in September 1944, over 14,000 models had been manufactured. Just under 3,000 were delivered to the Soviet Union.

One specimen will be on static display at AIRPOWER22.

Photo credit: (c) copyright by C. Brechbühl

Hawker Hurricane

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