Air International 1987-07
-
??? - Half-century Hurricane /Warbirds/ (4)
The Hurricane IIC PZ865 is probably the best-known example of its type, thanks to the publicity that surrounded its completion in 1944 and its subsequent preservation and use by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It is seen here in flight over the Brooklands site where the first Hurricane was assembled, in 1935.
A rare colour photograph of a Hurricane inflight in Canada, shortly after the end of the war. Records show that this aircraft flew 417 hrs 40 mins whilst serving with the RCAF from 26 January 1943 until 26 October 1946.
A Hurricane XII of No 133 Squadron at Lethbridge. Alberta.
Hurricane JS290 was a Canadian-built Mk XIIB delivered to Britain in 1942 and shown here in the markings of No 527 Squadron, a radar calibration unit operating from Castle Camps and Digby.
The first of two two-seat Hurricane IIC trainers supplied to Persia in 1947. as first flown; a sliding canopy from a Hawker Tempest was fitted over the rear cockpits of both aircraft before delivery.
A Hurricane IIB, with tropical filter and 45-Imp gal (204,5-l) drop tanks, seen being serviced in typically difficult conditions in Burma, some time after No 1 Squadron, IAF, had been the first to convert onto Hurricanes, in mid-1942.
Hurricane IIC LF363, originally flown by No 309 (Polish) Sqn at Drem. survived to become the last airworthy Hurricane on RAF charge; seen here as restored in 1959, it is now flown by the RAF BBMF.
Hurricane IIBs of the RAF serving in India, where 11 squadrons were operating the Hawker fighter by the end of 1942, and twice that number by 1944.
The "Last of the Many", which was registered G-AMAU in 1950 and now flies with the BBMF as PZ865.
Южно-Африканский Союз. В середине 1938 года британское Министерство авиации отправило семь истребителей Hurricane Mk I (фото) в Южную Африку. Ими вооружили 1-ю эскадрилью в Претории, но ни один из самолетов не дожил до войны. После вступления ЮАС в войну к 1-й эскадрилье присоединились еще четыре авиачасти, получившие Hurricane Mk I и Mk II для боев в Северной Африке. После войны в ЮАС вернулось несколько машин Mk IIB и Mk IIC, но вскоре их списали.
A Hurricane I serving with No 3 Squadron of the South African Air Force in Abyssinia (as Ethiopia was then more generally known). where this unit went into action in September 1940.
A Hurricane of the Belgian Air Force - believed to be the second of the 20 or so delivered by 1940 front the Fairey production line at Gosselies.
Several of the squadrons in the Western Desert managed to retain their pre-war markings, such as No 73 illustrated, in contravention of official policy.
The "Last of the Many", which was registered G-AMAU in 1950 and now flies with the BBMF as PZ865.
One of No 81 Sqn's Mk IIBs at Vaenga;
Hurricanes were first seen in Russia in September 1941 when Nos 81 and 134 Squadrons, RAF, arrived at Vaenga, to help protect the ports of Archangel’sk and Murmansk and to instruct Soviet personnel in operation of the Hurricanes that were being supplied to Russia in large numbers. A Mk IIB with locally-fitted armament of two 20-mm cannon and two 7,7-mm machine guns
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC
The standard radiator on the Mk IV KX877.
Two of the aircraft used in development of the Hurricane Mks IV and V - NL255 (left) and KZ193 (right) - photographed at various stages in their development. Both have four-blade propellers and tropical filters at this stage but only the latter has the usual Mk IV armament oj two 40-mm cannon. Clearly seen is the deepened ventral radiator