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Hawker Hurricane
« on: November 06, 2021, 10:13:11 PM »
The chief designer of Hawker Aircraft, Sir Sidney Camm, in the early 1930s, discussed with representatives of the Royal British Air Force a monoplane fighter to replace the Hawker Fury biplane. In 1934, the company received an order from the Aviation Ministry to develop such a project. The new fighter was named Hurricane. November 6, 1935 - the first flight of the Hawker Hurricane piston fighter.

It was a single-seat low-wing with a retractable landing gear. In the Mk.IIC variant, it was equipped with a Rolls-Royce Merlin XX engine (1185 hp) with a maximum speed of 550 km/h and a flight range of 970 km. Armament ? 4 ? 20 mm Hispano Mk II guns + 2 ? 110-kg or 230-kg bombs.

The reliable and easy-to-manufacture Hurricane entered service with the Royal Air Force already in 1937. 14487 fighters of all variants were produced. Hurricane actively participated in the Second World War and, in addition to the UK, were in service with more than 20 countries (Australia, Canada, France, the USSR, etc.)