The first of the Royal Air Force's eight-gun monoplane fighters, the Hurricane entered service in 1937. Quantity production prior to the outbreak of World War II enabled the RAF to field no fewer than 2,300 Hurricanes in the summer of 1940. Always outnumbering its more famous counterpart during the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane is credited with the destruction of more enemy aircraft than any other type in the defense of the United Kingdom.
The decision to retain the more traditional construction produced a rugged and versatile aircraft but, unlike the Spitfire, the Hurricane did not undergo any major aerodynamic development. The armament, however, was progressively increased and later in its career, bombs and rockets were also added, making the Hurricane a formidable ground attack aircraft.
The CWH Hurricane is a fibreglass replica Of a Mark IIB. The museum's C-GCWH was tragically lost during a fire in 1993. Several pieces of landing gear from the original aircraft were salvaged and are attached to this model. The paint scheme represents the colours of an aircraft used by No. 401 Squadron (formerly No. 1 (F), Canada's first fighter squadron to enter combat overseas during World War II. We acknowledge the generous support of K-W Surplus.