Hawker Hurricane Survivors Book
A Complete gatalogue of every existing Hawker Hurricane worldwide!
With 2015 being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain – arguably the Hawker Hurricane’s ‘finest hour’ – it seemed appropriate to tell the story of each of the surviving Hawker Hurricane aircraft from around the World. Building on research originally started thirty years ago, when the total number was thought to be around 20 aircraft, this book catalogues every known survivor as of March 2015, with the number now more than three times that.
The oldest Hurricane in existence, L1592, is a veteran of both the British Expeditionary Force to France in 1939 and the Battle of Britain and is displayed in The Science Museum, London, whilst the youngest, PZ865, – the very last Hurricane ever built – is still flying with the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, to which it was delivered in 1972, having never
been taken on charge by the RAF when it was built at Langley in the summer of 1944.
Each aircraft is documented from the day it left the factory up to the present day, some have incredible histories whereas others served in very mundane, but still essential, second-line roles until they were disposed of. Where possible each aircraft is illustrated with a present day photograph together with others taken throughout its life.
The relatively recent discoveries of many Hurricanes in the former Soviet Union, together with examples found across Canada in the 1970s and 1980s, has led to a number of aircraft being restored to fly in private hands around the World and the author has been privileged to have been granted access to several workshops – including that of Hawker Restorations Ltd, the acknowledged leader in Hurricane restorations.
In any work such as this there will be contradictions with aircraft appearing in lists in magazine articles, books or websites for which there is little or no hard evidence that they exist. The same mistakes get repeated over and over again and eventually acquire a veneer of truth simply due to that repetition. The aircraft detailed in this book all exist, the author has either seen them personally or corresponded or spoken with somebody closely associated with the aircraft who can vouch for its existence.
The nature of the subject matter is such that by the time the book is published it will already be slightly dated as aircraft take to the air following restoration or appear in new colour schemes. Nevertheless, this book is testimony to Sir Sydney Camm’s masterpiece in the year of its 80th birthday and to the bravery of its pilots, on which this Nation depended 75 years ago.
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