The Hawker Hurricane, a British single-seater fighter from the 1930s, played a crucial role in WWII, especially in the Battle of Britain. Designed by Sydney Camm, it emerged from the Hawker PV.3, featuring a retractable undercarriage and the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. Despite initial setbacks, the Hurricane's simplicity and efficiency impressed RAF Test Pilot Sammy Wroath. With no orders, Hawker Aircraft boldly started production, delivering 1,000 Hurricanes to the RAF by June 1936. The aircraft, informally named by King Edward VIII, became synonymous with the Battle of Britain, accounting for over 60% of air victories. Langley took over production in 1942, with additional units built by Gloster Aircraft, Austin Motor Company, Canadian Car & Foundry Company, and Zmaj. Over 1,700 Hurricanes flew with Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, outperforming other British fighters combined. General Aircraft Limited converted some Mk.1s into Hawker Sea Hurricanes for launch from Catapult Armed and Merchantman Ships (CAMS) and later Merchant Aircraft Carriers (MAC). Variants like the Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.1A and Mk.1B were developed, and in Egypt, some were adapted for photo-reconnaissance. Cost-effective and easier to overhaul than the Supermarine Spitfire, the Hurricane played a crucial role in WWII. In total, 24 variants were created, with around 14,483 built. The last Hawker Hurricane, PZ865, rolled off the production line in July 1944. Many examples of this iconic aircraft still exist worldwide, cherished for their historic significance and often showcased at air shows, with the UK's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight being a notable example. The Hurricane's enduring legacy is celebrated for its pivotal role in history and aviation.


Powerplant: 1 x Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 (883kW) Span: 40ft 0in (12.19m) Maximum Weight: 7,670lbs (3,480kg) Capacity: 1 Pilot Armament: 4 x 20mm Hispano Mk II cannons / 2 x 250lb or 500lbs bombs (110 / 230kg) Maximum Speed: 340 mph (547 kph) at 21,000 ft Maximum range: 600 miles (965km)

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