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Hawker Hurricane Mk I, c 1940.

Hawker Hurricane Mk I, c 1940.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


This particular machine fought over Dunkirk and in the Battle of Britain. Although similar in appearance to the Supermarine Spitfire and also powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the Hurricane is fundamentally different in construction. It demonstrates the longevity of the pioneers' designs, with the 'stick and the string' replaced by metal; and this early example retains fabric covering on the wings. The Hurricane, although slower than the Spitfire, was considered a sturdier machine and able to withstand heavier battle-damage.

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