Hurricane

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Title

Hurricane

Description

Photos 1 and 2 are port side ground views of different aircraft.

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Format

Two b/w photographs on an album page

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

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PThomasAF20080035

Transcription

[photograph]

Hawker Hurricane.
The Hurricane was the first British ‘modern’ fighter. It introduced the low wing monoplane lay-out, retractable landing gear, & eight wing mounted machine guns firing outside the propeller disc. Less advanced was the steel tube structure covered in fabric, but these features eased construction & repair. The Hurricane flew in prototype form during November 1935, & soon received large production orders. Taken into service in December 1937.

[photograph]

Hawker Hurricane.
By the outbreak of the Second World War, 497 Hurricanes had been built as the equipment for 18 British squadrons. Some exorts [sic] had also been made. Despite the more publicised role of the Spitfire in the ‘Battle of Britain’, it was the Hurricane that played the more decisive part, downing more aircraft than the rest of the defences combined. The Hurricane was obsolescent by 1941, but the adoption of another more powerful engine gave the fighter a new lease of life, but from 1942 the Hurricane was relegated to a ground attack role.

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Citation

“Hurricane,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 5, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/23301.

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