9781909808348

Hawker Hurricane Survivors

A complete catalogue of every existing Hurricane worldwide

Gordon Riley

£25.00

With 2015 being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain – arguably the Hawker Hurricane’s ‘finest hour’ – it is appropriate to tell the story of the surviving Hurricanes from around the world. Building on research originally started thirty years ago, the author has delved into the archives to amass new information – and in the process managed to identify positively one particular Hurricane which had proved elusive for more than forty years.

Format: Hardback
Extent: 224 pages
Dimensions: 215x252mm
ISBN: 9781909808348.
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Publication Date: 28 September 2015

With 2015 being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain – arguably the Hawker Hurricane’s ‘finest hour’ – it is appropriate to tell the story of the surviving Hurricanes from around the world. Building on research originally started thirty years ago, the author has delved into the archives to amass new information – and in the process managed to identify positively one particular Hurricane which had proved elusive for more than forty years.

Today a number of Hurricanes are being privately restored globally. However the oldest in existence, a veteran of both the British Expeditionary Force to France in 1939 and the Battle of Britain is displayed in the Science Museum, London and the youngest – the very last Hurricane ever built – is still flying with the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

This book documents each aircraft by country of origin and mark by mark 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.

From the serious enthusiast to the casual museum or air show visitor, if you have an interest in the Hurricane this is the book for you.

3 reviews for Hawker Hurricane Survivors

  1. :

    ‘Despite being the RAF’s most numerous fighter during the Battle of Britain, in the public imagination the Hawker Hurricane has always been overshadowed by the more glamorous Spitfire. However, in 221 pages of this excellent book, Gordon Riley helps redress the balance by describing in details all the surviving Hurricanes. Conveniently dividing both British and Canadian built survivors the story of each is described in detail from the time it left the factory to life as a preserved aircraft.

    As may be expected from Grub Street, this is a beautifully produced book that is printed on good quality paper. This is an excellent addition to the coverage of the Hurricane story. It is well worth having and with so many aircraft now on the display circuit would make a welcome gift to the more casual reader as well as the enthusiast.’ -Andy Thomas, Britain at War Magazine.

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    ‘Subtitled, ‘A Complete Catalogue of Every Existing Hurricane Worldwide’, this book is just that! It’s heavily illustrated and well produced and will serve as an excellent guide not only for historians but also for Warbird Enthusiasts.’ – Air Classics, ‘Book of the Month’, February 2016

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    ‘We have had to wait nearly thirty years for this work on the Hurricane but it has been worth it. The book is profusely illustrated and makes for an excellent guide to this diminished type’s post-war story. It emphasised to your reviewer just how lucky we are to have so many survivor[ing aircraft], some of which I was unaware of.’ – Catalina, June 2016

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