Hawker HurricaneItem Number: 1279
Hawker Hurricane airplane model. Between production in the UK and Canada, there were a total of 14,231 Hurricanes built. Undoubtedly one of the great fighter aircraft of World War, II, it is difficult to overstate the capabilities of this remarkable airplane. In the Battle of Britain, Hurricanes destroyed more enemy aircraft than all other defenses, air or ground, combined. This statement must be put in perspective, as it resulted from Supermarine Spitfires taking on the Messerschmitt Bf 109s, allowing the slower Hurricanes to battle against the German bombers. It is not really surprising, therefore, that for many years after the end of World War II, a lone Hurricane had the honor of leading the RAF fly-past over London, flown each year to commemorate victory in the Battle of Britain.