Ever since I saw @German_Pilot’s thread on the BF-109, I thought I’d make a topic for an aircraft to join that pack. What is the Hurricane? Well, it’s the aircraft that won World War 2. Everyone thinks it’s the Spitfire because of all the popularity, although it isn’t. The Hurricane is the true workhorse in 1940’s Royal Air Force and I thought I’d put this guy in the spotlight. Around 14,000 Hurricanes were built during the course of its lifespan being operated by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force. They were primarily used to focus on shooting down bombers showering down on British cities, most notably civilian areas of London during the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire’s job was to intercept the fighters.
Why was it the true workhorse?
It’s very hard to shoot down and truly damage. Its fuselage was made with steel tubes covered with fabric and wood, making them very lightweight and maneuverable. But also, when it was shot, the bullets would just go through the aircraft and it would barely harm the Hurricane. If it was shot, the aircraft would divert to any available person to fix it, land, cover the hole by stitching some fabric on top and it would carry on on its merry way, meaning maintenance was very easy and only required little cost and labour.
G-HHII, one of the last few surviving Hurricanes
Majestic little birdy!
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What do you think?