First engine runs today – Success

A quick update on the progress of V7497 as of the 14th February 2018

By Andy Goodall on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

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Valentines day 2018 Hawker Hurricane – V7497 was only a few weeks old when it was shot down in combat over Kent during the Battle of Britain in 1940. It was identified during aviation archeology and key components were recovered from this historically significant airframe which prompted the decision to restore to flying condition. Work commenced […]


Reverse engineering the Hurricane

By Andy Goodall on Monday, February 12th, 2018

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Mapping out the Fuselage with Fusion 360 – Hawker Hurricane – Article by – Steven Smart The Hawker Hurricane – The program I’m using is called Fusion 360. Recently I connected with a fellow who is restoring the forward fuselage of a MkIIb Hurricane and he has lent me the fuselage component drawings from his partial […]


V7497 with its new stable mate G-HHII

By Andy Goodall on Saturday, January 20th, 2018

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Hurricane V7497 looks on as its new stable mate arrives – G-HHII – The history of this aircraft begins at the Canadian Car & Foundry (CCF) Company in 1942 as Construction Number CCF/R20023. CCF produced some 1,451 Hurricanes under licence in the early years of WWII, and on completion this one joined the Royal Canadian […]


Battle of Britain Pilots

By Andy Goodall on Monday, December 4th, 2017

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Battle of Britain fighter pilots – What I like about this shot are the pilots wearing the typical flying clothing of the day, during the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain… I would say that this picture is a staged shot as the pilots are running to there aircraft wearing parachutes. Parachutes were […]


More information on this Hurricane L2124 has come to light

By Andy Goodall on Monday, December 4th, 2017

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14.9.39. 501 squadron 31.05.40. 13 MU, 19.6.40. 19 MU, ?.06.40. 7 O.T.U., 21.08.40. 5 O.T.U. 05.12.40. FAT (2) Sgt B.C.Walmsley swung on landing of the runway at Moreton-in-the-marsh and tipped on nose. 07..04.41. FA CAT E. 07.04.41 SOC. L2124 Lost on the 7-4-41 when flown by Sgt G.A. Mckenzie 905025 of No. 55 O.T.U. when […]


501 squadron

By Andy Goodall on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

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  501 Squadron Hurricane Interesting picture when you study the detail. This is an SD – H marked Hurricane so that makes it a 501 squadron Hurricane, however the letters are a lot thicker than we see on later squadron Hurricanes and the letters appear  shorter. The roundel isn’t the usual A2 roundel we normally […]


“Squadron Leader J A F MacLachlan”

By Andy Goodall on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

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This is one of the more unique examples of nose art of the war, because it portrays the pilot’s severed arm! “Squadron Leader J A F MacLachlan, the one-armed Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron RAF, standing beside his all-black Hawker Hurricane Mark IIC night fighter, ‘JX-Q’, at Tangmere, Sussex. MacLachlan flew bombers in France […]