Eclipsed by publicity during the Battle of Britain by its more graceful-looking stablemate, the Spitfire, the Hawker Hurricane has always lived in the elliptical-winged shadow of Reginald Mitchell's revolutionary masterpiece. Rather than a stroke of genius, the Hurricane was evolutionary in its heritage, standing as it did atop the body of work of its designer, Sir Sidney Camm, who had and would design many of the most famous and successful aircraft used by the Royal Air Force for ten years previous and another thirty years after the Hurricane's appearance.
In an effort to improve the performance of the Hurricane, Hawker proposed the introduction of the Mark II, which would be fitted with the Merlin XX, offering 1,260 h.p. and a two-speed supercharger. A Hurricane I flew with this engine in June 1940 and demonstrated an increase in top speed from 315 m.p.h. to 348 m.p.h., while also improving the useful combat altitude to more than 20,000 feet. The first Hurricane IIs equipped 111 Squadron of Fighter Command by October 1940. A program for an increase in armament had seen a Hurricane I equipped with two 20mm cannon slung below the wings, which flew May 24, 1939. The Hurricane IIC carried 4 20mm cannon internally, and was equipped to carry two 250-lb or 500-lb bombs in the fighter-bomber role. The first Hurricane IIC’s arrived in squadrons of Fighter Command in late April 1941.
Hurricane IIs were first sent to the Middle East in the fall of 1941 and served in the fighter bomber role in the Mediterranean until the end of the war. During the War, the Hurricane served in more theaters of operation than any other aircraft, from England to the jungles of Malaya and Burma, from arctic Archangel in the U.S.S.R. to the Suez Canal and the Western Desert. In fact, the Hurricane is one of the very few aircraft of the Second World War to have flown in air forces on both sides, if one considers its service in the Finnish and Romanian Air Forces.
The first Hurricane IIs to reach the Far East arrived in Singapore in late January 1942, following the Japanese attack on December 8. Following the Japanese conquest of Malaya and Burma, Hurricanes were quickly sent to India, where they became the first-line RAF fighter equipment until Spitfire VIIIs began to arrive in 1944, and continued to serve as fighter-bombers with the RAF until replaced by the Thunderbolt II in late 1944.
After the RAF and the Soviet Union, the largest user of Hurricanes was the Royal Indian Air Force. following the dispatch of Hurricane Is from the Middle East for training purposes in the Spring of 1942, enough Hurricane IIBs were transferred to the RIAF in 1943 to equip No. 1 Squadron. In 1944, over 200 Hurricane IICs were transferred to equip seven RIAF squadrons in time for their participation in opposing the last Japanese offensive of the war; the fighting on the Second Arakan and Imphal campaigns commencing in the summer of 1944. RIAF squadrons, flying as both fighters and fighter-bombers acquitted themselves well in direct air support of the Indian Army in numerous difficult situations, as well as against what was left of the JAAF in the theatre.
Despite its seeming obsolescence, the Hurricane remained in first-line service throughout the Second World War, one of only seven aircraft in service with any air force on September 3, 1939 to achieve that status.
The Hawker Hurricane is a British fighter design from the 1930s. Some 14,000 Hurricane and Sea Hurricane fighters and fighter-bombers were built by the end of 1944。 August 1940 brought what has become the Hurricane's shining moment in history: The Battle of Britain. RAF Hurricanes accounted for more enemy aircraft kills than all other defenses combined, including all aircraft and ground defenses. Later in the war, the Hurricane served admirably in North Africa, Burma, Malta, and nearly every other theater in which the RAF participated. The Hurricane underwent many modifications during its life, resulting in many major variants, including the Mk IA, with interchangeable wings housing eight 7.7mm (0.303in) guns;the Mk IIC, with a Merlin XX engine; the Mk IID, a tankbuster with two 40mm anti-tank guns plus two 7.7mm guns. During the war, Hurricanes were sold to Egypt, Finland, India, Ireland， Persia, Turkey and the USSR Air Corps.
Item Type Static Aircraft
Model Brief Length: 398mm Wingspan: 508mm
Total Parts 260pcs
Photo Etched Parts 1pcs
Film Parts Instrument part
Total Sprues 11pcs
Paint Schemes HURRICANE Mk. I 257 Sqn ENGLAND 1942