Let's Hear It for the Hurricanes! (RAF, WWII)

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Let's Hear It for the Hurricanes! (RAF, WWII)

#1 Post by Old No7 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:05 pm

OK, I am guilty of several Spitfire-related posts and images on this site, but I just stumbled onto this awesome picture of a flight of RAF Hurricanes.

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While the Spitfire seems to get most of the credit and glory, there were actually more Hurricanes flown in The Battle of Britain than there were Spits, and with a higher number of kills too. While that may seem odd to some, here are some comments from a pilot who flew both:
"One thing most pilots agree on was that 'it was the pilot, not the plane' that determined the outcome of a dogfight. Technically, the Spitfire was a better plane, but the Hurricane was equally capable in the hands of the right pilot. I could blather on about effectiveness at altitudes, roll rates, stability as a gun platform, suitability for upgrade, etc., but at the end of the day, a good pilot in a marginal plane will win every time over a marginal pilot in a good plane."

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“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

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Re: Let's Hear It for the Hurricanes! (RAF, WWII)

#2 Post by claybob86 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:56 pm

Great photo! Thanks for posting! :D
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Re: Let's Hear It for the Hurricanes! (RAF, WWII)

#3 Post by GunnyMack » Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:10 pm

The Sea Fury was quite the air frame too, still a few running at Reno air races .
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Re: Let's Hear It for the Hurricanes! (RAF, WWII)

#4 Post by OldWin » Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:13 pm

They did a lot of the heavy lifting for sure.
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Re: Let's Hear It for the Hurricanes! (RAF, WWII)

#5 Post by KWK » Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:03 pm

Several Hurricane pilots were quite vociferous that their mounts should never be discounted. Roland Beamont comes to mind first. The early Hurricanes were quite remarkable beasts, derived from a biplane. These first jobs had cloth covered wings and fixed wood propellers. I doubt any of these were still in front line service by the start of the war, having been upgraded to metal wings and variable pitch props. As I recall, the 12 gun (.303's) version was known to buzzsaw off whole sections of an enemy bomber at times. As with the Wildcat, a bubble canopy would have improved the lines greatly.

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#6 Post by gamekeeper » Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:31 pm

WW2 certainly had a lot of interesting aircraft, my dad was a fireman during the war and was issued booklets on all the allied planes regarding escape hatches etc, in case of forced landings, I enjoyed reading them as a kid wished I'd kept them too... :oops:
We also had identification charts of all German and allied planes, they would have made great posters for a man cave.
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