List of surviving Hawker Hurricanes

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Hurricane Mk I (R4118), a Hurricane from the 1940 Battle of Britain, still flying Hurricane mk1 r4118 fairford arp.jpg
Hurricane Mk I (R4118), a Hurricane from the 1940 Battle of Britain, still flying

The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. Replaced by newer designs later on during the Second World War it has not survived as well as its contemporary the Supermarine Spitfire.

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Over 14,583 Hurricanes were built and at least 17 survive in airworthy condition worldwide, with other non-flying examples preserved by various air museums.

Hawker Hurricanes

Australia

Airworthy

  • Hurricane Mk XII 5481 (registered C-FDNL) was imported from Canada in early 2014 and was returned to airworthy status, for a private owner, by Pay's Air Service at Scone, NSW. It made its first flight in Australia on 2 October 2016. [1]

Belgium

Airworthy

  • Hurricane Mk IV KZ321(previously registered G-HURY and CF-TPM) is currently the only airworthy Mark IV. Built in the Kingston upon Thames factory in 1942, it served with 6 Sqn RAF in Grottaglie, Italy, and other squadrons in Greece and Yugoslavia. Abandoned in Israel in 1947, the aircraft was returned to the UK in 1983. It was acquired by the Vintage Wings of Canada Collection, Gatineau, Quebec in 2006.[4][5][6]. This was sold in March 2018 and registered OO-HUR to Flying Aces Services & Training, making its first flight in Belgium on Sunday evening, 4 November 2018 at the Brasschaat Airfield. [2]

On display

Canada

Hurricane Mk IV KZ321; the only remaining airworthy Mark IV Hurricane IV KZ321.jpg
Hurricane Mk IV KZ321; the only remaining airworthy Mark IV

Airworthy

On display

  • Hurricane Mk XII 5389 owned by the City of Calgary and on display at The Hangar Flight Museum. Restoration by the Calgary Mosquito Aircraft Society was completed in October 2019. The aircraft will soon have taxi-able status with a Packard Merlin 29 engine. The actual restoration work on the airframe is subcontracted out to Historic Aviation Services of Wetaskiwin, Alberta. During WWII this aircraft was assigned to No. 133 (Fighter) Squadron based at RCAF Station Boundary Bay, British Columbia for home defense.
  • Hurricane Mk XII 5461 is an airframe reconstructed around an original partial nose section, with many replica components (painted as "YO-J", No. 401 Squadron RCAF markings) on display at The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon, Manitoba.
  • Hurricane Mk XII 5584 is on display at the Canadian Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.

Stored or under restoration

  • Hurricane Mk XII RCAF 5447 [registered as C-GGAJ], manufactured in 1942 by Canadian Car and Foundry, now owned by Vintage Wings of Canada, Gatineau, Quebec. Currently under restoration to represent LE-A as flown by F/O William Lidston McKnight. Keeping with Vintage Wings' unswerving goal of pursuing and preserving Canadian aircraft, 5447 was struck off charge from RCAF in 1946. Vintage Wings acquired it from the legendary aircraft restorer Harry Whereatt of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan in 1988. Its most recent markings were stripped, to be replaced as Hurricane LE-A of 242 RAF - Canadian Squadron [4]

France

Airworthy

  • Hurricane Mk IIa P3351 (registered F-AZXR, formerly ZK-TPK) was originally a Mk I P3351. It was delivered to the RAF, and crashed near Prestwick on 21 July 1940. Rebuilt as Mk IIa DR393, the aircraft was delivered to the Soviet Air Force in May 1941, serving for about two years before crashing near Murmansk, Russia in 1943. The hulk was eventually restored as a Mk IIc in the UK from 1992 to 1995. It was transferred to New Zealand in 1995, and acquired by the New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum, being rebuilt in its original identity as P3351 in Wanaka, New Zealand. Its first flight after restoration occurred in Christchurch on 12 January 2000. [5] On 10 February 2013, it was bought by Jan Roozen from the Alpine Fighter Collection via Platinum Fighter Sales and shipped to France; it arrived at Le Havre on 30 March and was taken to Aero Restoration Service at Dijon for re-assembly; it was registered as F-AZXR on 14 May 2013. [6]

Finland

On display

India

On display

  • Hurricane displayed as Mk.IIa AP832, and later AB832, though these serials have never been allocated [7] (the former is in a deliberate blank block between Hurricane Mk.IIb's, and the latter is a deliberate blank block between Spitfire serials). The actual Mark of Hurricane is also in question (it is possibly Canadian built Mk.I P5202, [8] but has the armored radiator of a Mk.IV, and the oil deflector ring of a Mk.II or later). The heritage of this aircraft and how it came to be in India is unknown, but it has been on display at the Indian Air Force Museum, Palam, New Delhi since 1975. [9]

Malta

Hawker Hurricane IIa Z3055 on display at the Malta Aviation Museum Hawker Hurricane Z3055 Malta Avn Msm 2007.jpg
Hawker Hurricane IIa Z3055 on display at the Malta Aviation Museum

On display

  • Hurricane Mk IIa Z3055 was ditched off the coast of Malta on 9 July 1941. It was recovered on 19 July 1995, and restored to static display condition. It is on display at the Malta Aviation Museum, Takali Airfield, Malta. [10]

Russia

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Hawker Hurricane IIB BN233 Vadim Zadorozhny Technical Museum, Krasnogorsky, Moscow

On display

  • Hurricane Mk IIc BM959 is a war memorial at Revda, 200 miles (320 km) from Murmansk in northern Russia.
  • Hurricane Mk IIb AP740 is at the Vadim Zadorozhny Museum of Technology, Krasnogorsky, near Moscow.

Serbia

On display

South Africa

On display

United Kingdom

Canadian-built Hurricane Mk XII painted to represent Hurricane Mk IIb Z5140 of No. 126 Squadron RAF Hurricane-z5140.jpg
Canadian-built Hurricane Mk XII painted to represent Hurricane Mk IIb Z5140 of No. 126 Squadron RAF
"Hurribomber" BE505 of the Hangar 11 collection at North Weald, England, takes off for a display at Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire, England Hurricane be505 takesoff cotwold air show arp.jpg
"Hurribomber" BE505 of the Hangar 11 collection at North Weald, England, takes off for a display at Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire, England

Airworthy

  • Hurricane Mk I P2902 (registered G-ROBT), recovered wreck that crashed 31 May 1940 near Dunkirk. [11] [12]
  • Hurricane Mk I P3717 (registered G-HITT), recovered wreck from Russia, since traced to have Battle of Britain history. [11]
  • Hurricane Mk I R4118 (one of the last flying Battle of Britain veterans; registered G-HUPW) is privately owned by Hurricane Heritage but since 2015 kept within the hangars of the Shuttleworth Collection [13] (restored in 2004 by Hawker Restorations Ltd in the UK).
  • Hurricane Mk XII P3700 (registered G-HURI), Canadian-built Hurricane Mk XII, painted in 2015 to represent a Hurricane Mk I RF-E No. 303 Polish Squadron RAF and operated by the Historic Aircraft Collection, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. [11]
  • Hurricane Mk IIc LF363 is operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. [11]
  • Hurricane Mk IIc PZ865 , the last Hurricane built, operated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. [11]
  • Hurricane Mk IIb BE505 (registered G-HHII), the last flying "Hurribomber", operated by The Hangar 11 Collection from North Weald (restored in 2005 by Hawker Restorations Ltd in the UK).
  • Hurricane Mk I V7497 (registered G-HRLI), recovered wreck that crashed 28 September 1940 operating with No. 501 Squadron RAF [11] was restored by Hawker Restorations Limited of Sudbury, Suffolk. Returned to airworthy status on 30 August 2018. [14]

On display

Stored or under restoration

  • Hurricane Mk IV KZ191 last operated by the Israeli Defence Force, privately owned in Berkshire. [11]
  • Hurricane Mk IIb Z5207 (registered G-BYDL), a former Russian aircraft, is privately owned and stored in Gloucestershire. [15]
  • Hurricane Mk XII (registered G-CBOE), a Canadian-built aircraft operated by the RCAF as 5487 and crashed in 1942 is privately owned in Hampshire. [11]
  • Hurricane Mk IIb BH238, the wreck of a former Russian aircraft, is privately owned and stored on the Isle of Wight. [11]
  • Hurricane Mk I L1639 of No. 85 Squadron RAF from Battle of France is being restored to airworthy condition by Cambridge Bomber and Fighter Society at Little Gransden Airfield in Cambridgeshire.

United States

Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc LF686 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Hurricane mkIIC.jpg
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc LF686 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
Hawker Hurricane at the Pima Air & Space Museum British Hawker Hurricane - Pima Air & Space Museum.JPG
Hawker Hurricane at the Pima Air & Space Museum

Airworthy

On Display / In Storage

Hawker Sea Hurricanes

United Kingdom

Airworthy

  • Sea Hurricane Mk Ib Z7015 (registered G-BKTH) operated by Shuttleworth Collection Old Warden, England. Former service with 759 and 880 Naval Air Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm. [11]
  • Sea Hurricane Mk X AE977 (registered G-CHTK) operated by Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar as a Mk 1 painted as ’P2921’ / ‘GZ-L’ based at Biggin Hill Airport, London, England. [20]

United States

Airworthy

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