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.