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Mk 1 Specifications
RR Merlin III
31 ft. 5 in.
8 x .303 cal.
The Hawker Hurricane was essentially a biplane Hawker Fury converted into a monoplane. In fact, that is how they were first known, as the Fury monoplane.
The first Hawker Hurricane aircraft were even produced with fabric covered wings. However, it wasn’t long after their introduction that metal wings became standard.
In December of 1937 the first Hawker Hurricane aircraft were deployed with combat squadrons. They were the first British aircraft capable of 300 mph + speeds. They proved so successful that the RAF requested more production than their factory could handle. Eventually Gloster Aircraft began producing Hawker Hurricane aircraft to help make up the shortfall.
There were more Hawker Hurricane aircraft than other modern British fighter aircraft when World War II broke out. They were particularly effective against German bombers over Great Britain. Hurricane’s also went up against Italian fighter aircraft and bombers over Great Britain in November of 1940. The Italian aircraft were so badly beaten they would never return. However, Hawker Hurricane aircraft again faced Italian bombers over Malta. The Italians fared no better there. British Hurricane’s were the primary RAF fighters encountered Japanese aircraft over Burma.
The Mk II Hawker Hurricane, that was deployed in September of 1940, was equipped with a two stage engine supercharger, enabling better high altitude performance.
Hawker Hurricane aircraft were armed with up to twelve .303 machine guns. The Mk 11C, introduced in April of 1941, had four 20 mm cannons. The Mk 11D was armed with two 40 mm anti-tank cannons. Other versions were produced as night fighters and for the Royal Navy. Naval aircraft had fittings for catapult launches as well as tail hooks.
Hurricanes were a pilot favorite. They reported that it could take a great deal of punishment, and was a steadier gun platform with better over the nose visibility than many other fighter aircraft. Royal Air Force Hurricanes flew until January 1947.
A total of 14,231 Hawker Hurricane aircraft were produced.
The Hawker Hurricane from Tony Nijhuis Designs comes as plans or a short kit. Its wingspan measures 103 in. and length is 81 in. A 62 cc Zenoah engine is recommended to power the approximately 32 lb. aircraft.
Vailly Aviation has plans for the Hawker Hurricane that build to a 92 in. wingspan and 74 in. length. Recommended engines are Sachs 3.2 to 4.2, and Quadra Q42 or Q50. Weight is around 24 lbs.
Dynam has a PNP Hawker Hurricane that features flaps, retracts and a BM3720A-kV600 motor turning a three bladed propeller. Wingspan is 49 in., length is 39 1/2 in. and all up weight should be about 3 1/4 lbs.