Air International 1987-05
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??? - Half-century Hurricane /Warbirds/ (2)
Hurricane IlC LF363 was built at the Langley, Bucks, works of Hawker Aircraft Ltd and was taken on strength by the RAF on 25 January 1944, probably the very last Hurricane to enter RAF service. It served with several squadrons and, after the war, Station Flights, as well as taking part in the film "Angels One Five”, “Reach for the Sky” and “The One That Got Away”. Since joining the RAF Battle of Britain Flight in July 1957, LF363 has enjoyed several finishes, that shown here representing the aircraft flown by Douglas Bader on No 242 Squadron during the Battle of Britain.
Hurricane LF363 of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
A Gloster-built Hurricane I in flight ox er the North African desert, showing the tropical filter over the carburettor air intake. Hurricanes were operated in the Middle East front the middle of 1940.
ДВУХПУШЕЧНАЯ УСТАНОВКА. Фирма "Hawker" в соответствии со спецификацией F.37/35 на пушечный перехватчик (контракт выиграл "Westland Whirlwind") предлагала Hurricane с пушками. К этой идее вернулись в 1938 году, когда Hurricane Mk I с металлическим крылом (бортовой номер L1750), оснастили двумя пушками Oerlikon калибра 20 мм в подкрыльевых контейнерах. Но у них была низкая скорострельность и точность. В конечном итоге пушки Oerlikon заменили на Hispano-Suiza.
The sole Hurricane I fitted with 20-mm Oerlikon cannon, one in each wing replacing the machine guns.
Hurricane I L2124 in service early in 1940 with No 501 Squadron, the first of the Auxiliary Air Force units to fly the Hurricane.
Hurricane I W9200 serving in 1941 with No 245 Squadron at Aldergrove, Nl.
A Hurricane I goes aboard a lighter in May 1940 to be loaded on HMS Glorious at Greenock for the abortive Norwegian campaign.
Hurricane Is of No 71 Squadron at Kirkton-in-Lindsey early in 1941. when this unit - the Eagle squadron, formed by American volunteers - first became operational.
The 1940-style markings and finish of this Hurricane, including black for the underside of one wing, appear incongruous for an aircraft operating in the Middle East, where desert colours were soon to be adopted.
A Hurricane l of No 260 Squadron, which deployed to the Middle East in May 1941. where it played a leading role in the fighting over the Western Desert that year.
Several Hurricanes fell into the hands of the Luftwaffe, primarily after the type had begun to operate in the Middle East.
In the autumn of 1940. several of the Hurricane squadrons dedicated to home defence in the UK switched to the night fighting role, and their aircraft gained an overall black finish. Seen here are night fighting Hurricanes of No 96 Squadron.
In the autumn of 1940. several of the Hurricane squadrons dedicated to home defence in the UK switched to the night fighting role, and their aircraft gained an overall black finish. Seen here are night fighting Hurricanes of No 253 Squadron.
The cockpit of the Hurricane I, revealed through the break-out panel in the side of the fuselage that earlier had given much trouble