The Hawker Hurricane - the RAF's forgotten fighter star of the Battle of Britain.
Specifications of various Hawker Hurricane versions
How the last Hurricane was
made - was this the last major aircraft to be made to the same
basic methods as the earliest "stick and string" planes?
It still proved capable of delivering the goods !
The prototype, K5083, was first flown at Brooklands on November 6 1935 by chief test pilot P.W.S. 'George' Bulman and many of the Hurricanes used by the RAF in the crucial defence of this country during the Battle of Britain originated at Brooklands. In all some 2,800 Hurricanes were completed and flown out of this site.
The Mark XX Rolls-Royce Merlin was used for this batch built during 1940-41. This example has the early 8 gun wing.
|Engine||Rolls-Royce Merlin Mark XX water cooled V-12 1,280 h.p.|
|Length||32 feet 4 inches.|
|Weight (standard loaded)||7,244 pounds|
|Maximum Speed||301 m.p.h. at 15,000 feet|
|Stalling speed||75-85 m.p.h. at sea level|
|Take off to 50 feet||400 yards|
|Landing run||225 yards|
In the colours of Squadron 71 "the Eagle Squadron", but holds the civil registration G-HURI.
The Mark XIIb was Canadian built with the Packard Merlin 29 of 1,300 h.p. As with this example, many used the 12 .303 machine gun wing.
Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 four valves per cylinder supercharged.
This Packard built Mk. XXVII produced 1,300hp. at 3,000rpm.
Cosford May 2002
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