Hawker Hurricane


The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft of the 1930s–1940s that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. for service with the Royal Air Force (RAF). Although overshadowed in the public consciousness by the Supermarine Spitfire’s role during Battle of Britain in 1940, the Hurricane actually inflicted 60 percent of the losses sustained by the Luftwaffe in the engagement. The Hurricane went on to fight in all the major theatres of Second World War.

The Hurricane originated from discussions during the early 1930s between RAF officials and British aircraft designer Sir Sydney Camm on the topic of a proposed monoplane derivative of the Hawker Fury biplane. Despite an institutional preference at the time for biplanes and repeated lack of interest by the Air Ministry, Hawker chose to continue refining their monoplane proposal, which resulted in the incorporation of several innovations that would become critical to wartime fighter aircraft, including retractable undercarriage and a more powerful engine in the form of the newly developed Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. In late 1934, the Air Ministry placed an order for Hawker’s “Interceptor Monoplane”. On 6 November 1935, the prototype Hurricane, K5083, performed its maiden flight.

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  • Pros and Cons
    • Pros
      • Light, easy to fly, low stall speed
      • Eight wing-mounted machine guns or four cannons
      • Acceptable durability
    • Cons
      • Slow
      • No bomb load
  • Engine
    • Mk-I
      • Default: RR Merlin II  (1,030 hp)
    • Mk-II
      • Default: RR Merlin XX  (1,240 hp)
  • Armament
    • Mk-I :
      • Default: 8 x .30 cal machine guns
    • Mk-II:
      • Default: 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk II canons
      • Upgrade 1: 2 x 250 lb bombs
      • Upgrade 2: 2 x 500 lb bombs
  • Stats
    • Max speed: 340 mph (547 km/h)
    • Max dive speed: N/A
    • Durability: 550
    • Internal fuel capacity: 116 US gallons (441 litres)
    • External fuel capacity: N/A
    • Empty weight: 5,745 lb (2,605 kg)
    • Wing area: 257.5 ft² (23.92 m²)
  • Variants
    • Mk-I
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    • Mk-II
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    • Japanese captured Mk-II
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