L1592 Hurricane I
This was the the forty-sixth Hurricane off the Hawker production line from the initial batch ordered for the RAF and served initially with 56 Sqn. It subsequently served with Nos 17, 87 and 43 Sqns before returning to 17 Sqn in Nov. 1939 and then, in February 1940 with 152 Sqn. Returning back again to 43 Sqn, it was damaged in a crash-landing at Tangmere on 1 June (P/O Tony Woods-Scawen uninjured).
Repaired, it was issued to 615 Sqn (KW-Z) in July and on 18 August while being flown by P/O David Looker it was attacked and severely damaged by a Bf 109 leaving an injured David Looker to forced-land the aircraft at Croydon. Subsequently repaired, it spent its remaining service life on second line units until 1944 when it was earmarked for display in the Science Museum. It was refurbished by Hawkers in the early 1960s and first placed on display in the museum in 1963.