Like a Hurricane!

A Hawker Hurricane is made ready for its next operation at RIAT, Fairford. The early history of the Hurricane is an interesting parallel in many ways with that of the Spitfire in with which it was to form an immortal partnership. While the Spitfire was an entirely new concept based on specialized experience, the Hurricane was the logical outcome of a long line of fighting aircraft. Although the two airplanes broadly met the same requirements, they represented entirely different approaches to the same problem. The two approaches were reflected to an interesting degree in their respective appearances; the Hurricane workmanlike, rugged and sturdy, the Spitfire slender and ballerina-like. August 1940 brought what has become the Hurricane's shining moment in history: The Battle of Britain. RAF Hurricanes accounted for more enemy aircraft kills than all other defences combined, including all aircraft and ground defences. The Royal Air Force had at that time 32 Hurricane squadrons, compared with 19 Spitfire squadrons. This meant that 620 Hurricane and Spitfire fighters (with another 84 assorted fighters like the Gloster Gladiator) had to face the German air threat of 3,500 bombers and fighters. During the "Battle of Britain", along with the Spitfire , it helped to force the Luftwaffe to use the Bf 109 to protect the poor performing twin engine Bf 110 escort fighter.


This particular Hurricane was built in Canada and on completion joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a home based fighter for the duration of the war. More details can be found on the Hangar 11 website.

  • mick baxter PRO 5y

    love the feel and light quality...impressed...!
  • John Melskens PRO 5y

    great light !!!
  • 35NW3 PRO 5y

    now thats an image !!!
  • Jerry Tjiputra 5y

    oh wow.. beautiful light in this, Simon.
    Like how you include the two pilots.. make it such an interesting scene.
  • G K 5y

    super cool !!!
  • Airwolfhound PRO 5y

    Truly exceptional, fabulous colour and light here.
  • 5y

    Lovely vintage feel, possibly the most evocative photo I've seen of a Hurricane. New wallpaper, replacing a photo of an airborne shiny P51, which takes some doing.
  • karl wood 5y

    Ive seen so many photos of airshows/plane shots recently on other sites and have to admit they are not my cup of tea.
    But this is just superb. The lighting, the gathering clouds, the two figures...timeless.
    Excellent Shot!!!
  • Chris Dooley 5y

    very nice the light and the clouds.....
  • HutchSLR PRO 5y

    Excellent image
  • John Ford PRO 5y

    How sweet it is
  • Ian Wilson PRO 5y

    Wonderful photograph. Instant favourite! Love it!
  • Neil Bates 5y

    Totally outstanding shot...Wonderful treatment.
    Well done.
  • John Ford PRO 5y

    Another absolutely beautiful image.
  • My own prison 5y

    the real cinematic tones!!!!!
  • TJ Scott PRO 5y

    Could be straight out of a Hollywood movie.
  • Jan Wedema 5y

    THE BEST...........................................ever!!.

    Damn.........this is good displayed
  • dogsy 5y

    Great write-ups as well. The sheer size of the waves they would send over was incredible.
  • Starliner1649 PRO 4y

    Wow, great picture!
  • Stewart Cooke PRO 3y

    Great shot
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Taken on August 4, 2010
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