On the 30th August 2018 Hurricane V7497, formerly of 501 squadron took off from Elmsett Airfield in the United Kingdom on her first flight since she was shot down on the 28th September 1940. She accelerated down the runway powered by her Battle of Britain Rolls Royce Merlin III engine with Stu Goldspink at the controls. The flight test went exceptionally well and we are looking forward to taking her to her new home at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in the very near future where she will be a permanent static and flying resident.

V7497 is a Hurricane Mk 1, manufactured in mid 1940 by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. Flown operationally at the very height of the Battle of Britain from the famous fighter station, RAF Kenley, East London, the aircraft was lost during an operational patrol on 28th September over Sutton in Kent.

Hurricane 501

A website to chronicle the restoration to flying condition of Hawker Hurricane SD-X V7479 and to honour those that flew, maintained and built the Hawker Hurricane fighter; the mainstay of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain in 1940.


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The Hawker Hurricane

History of the iconic WW2 Fighter Plane

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501 Squadron

On the front line during the Battle of Britain

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The Story of V7497

A true warbird that saw action in the Battle of Britain

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V7497 RESTORATION

See a warbird take to the skies once more.

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