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Hurricane and Spitfire Movie

The Hurricane was produced from 1937 to 1944 and has a wing span of 40 feet, length of 32 feet and a loaded weight of 8250 lbs. The V12 Rolls Royce Merlin engine produces 1280 hp for a maximum speed of 335 mph (these specs are for the IIc variant). Wing span is 40ft, length is 32 ft 3 inches, height is 13 feet 1 inch and empty weight is 5,500 lbs (Mk IIB variant).

Design began in 1933 to create a fighter to use the new 990 hp Rolls Royce engine. First flight was 1935 and the performance exceeded expectations so an initial order for 600 was made in June 1936. An improved engine, the 1030 hp Merlin II was then used. The first production Hurricane flew on 12 October 1937. Early upgrades included an all metal wing to replace the fabric covered one, and the Merlin III engine.

The Hurricane's greatest time was during the Battle of britain where it accounted for more enemy aircraft than all other fighters and ground defenses combined. It was also widely used by the RAF in Africa and other areas. In total, about 14,000 were produced but only 6 remain airworthy today.

Use the controller above to watch the Hurricane and Spitfire fly past together (this requires Quicktime, and is a moderately large movie). I apologise for the poor quality of this movie but it was originally encoded in the "early days" of internet video!


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