World War II

1939-1945

Hawker Hurricane

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Aircraft Specification

 

Crew: 1

 

Length: 32 ft 3 in (9.84 m)

 

Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in (12.19 m)

 

Height: 13 ft 1½ in (4.0 m)

 

Wing area: 257.5 ft² (23.92 m²)

 

Empty weight: 5,745 lb (2,605 kg)

 

Loaded weight: 7,670 lb (3,480 kg)

 

Max. takeoff weight: 8,710 lb (3,950 kg)

 

Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Merlin XX liquid-cooled V-12, 1,185 hp (883 kW) at 21,000 ft (6,400 m)

 

Performance

 

Maximum speed: 340 mph (547 km/h) at 21,000 ft (6,400 m) [N 11]

 

Range: 600 mi (965 km)

 

Service ceiling: 36,000 ft (10,970 m)

 

Rate of climb: 2,780 ft/min (14.1 m/s)

 

Wing loading: 29.8 lb/ft² (121.9 kg/m²)

 

Power/mass: 0.15 hp/lb (0.25 kW/kg)

Armament

 

Guns: 4 × 20 mm (.79 in) Hispano Mk II cannons

Bombs: 2 × 250 or 500 lb (110 or 230 kg) bombs

The Hawker Hurricane went into production in June 1936 and somewhat over shadowed for its part it played during the Second World War by the Supermarine Spitfire.

 

The Aircraft was a simpler  Aircraft to manufacturer than the Spitfire and also more cost effective to produce than the Spitfire.

 

The Hurricane Hawker played a pivotal part of the Second World War and proved to be one of the Royal Air Forces key Aircraft during the battle of Britain with a much higher success rate than any other Aircraft in the Second World War.

 

The Aircraft was originally designed in the 1930's and had gone through several modifications during its time acting the role of as an Interceptor and also a fighter bomber.

 

Other versions of the plane assisted the Aircraft such as the Sea Hurricane which were used and operated from ships during the second World War.

 

Well over 14,000  Hurricane Aircraft had been built by the end of 1944 with over 1200 converted to the Sea Hurricanes.