The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. Replaced by newer designs later on during the Second World War it has not survived as well as its contemporary the Supermarine Spitfire.
Over 14,583 Hurricanes were built and at least 17 survive in airworthy condition worldwide, with other non-flying examples preserved by various air museums.
Hurricane Mk IV KZ321 - OO-HUR
Previously registered G-HURY and CF-TPM is currently the only airworthy Mark IV.
Built in the Kingston upon Thames factory in 1942, it served with 6 Sqn RAF in Grottaglie, Italy, and other squadrons in Greece and Yugoslavia.
Abandoned in Israel in 1947, the aircraft was returned to the UK in 1983. It was acquired by the Vintage Wings of Canada Collection, Gatineau, Quebec in 2006.
This was sold in March 2018 and registered OO-HUR to Flying Aces Services & Training, making its first flight in Belgium on Sunday evening, 4 November 2018 at the Brasschaat Airfield.
The “Hurry” was a design of many firsts for the Royal Air Force.
The Hurricane was the first monoplane fighter aircraft of the RAF, its first fighter with both an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear as well as the first to exceed 300 mph in level flight.
While it may have been first, it proved to be an exceptional design which could be adapted to just about any role needed from a single seat aircraft, from interceptor to naval reconnaissance to ground attack.
The Hurricane Mk IV of Vintage Wings of Canada is painted in the markings of RAF 6 Squadron, “The Flying Tin Openers”, which operated the Hurry in the “tank- busting” and ground attack role. Many Canadian pilots flew the cannon-equipped tank-buster variant with 6 Sqn. on operations in North Africa
The Spitfire will forever be associated in the public's mind with the Battle of Britain, but it was the Hawker Hurricane that shouldered the lion's share of the fighting and the eventual victory during that titanic aerial struggle.
Day after day, the exhausted RAF and Commonwealth pilots from 32 Hurricane-equipped squadrons rose from the airfields of East Anglia to meet and eventually defeat the Luftwaffe, thereby making this aircraft forever synonymous with the “Few”.