Hawker's Fighter Legend

General Aviation
  • Author: John Dibbs, Tony Holmes, Gordon Riley
  • Short code: GNA
  • Publication Date: 18 May 2017
  • Number of Pages: 256
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2017 marks the 80th anniversary of the remarkable Hawker Hurricane formally entering service. The RAF's first monoplane fighter, it dragged the Air Force into a position where it could defend Britain in her 'hour of need'. The true workhorse of the RAF, the Hurricane came into its own in the hot summer months of 1940 valiantly defending the skies above Britain. Outnumbering Spitfires three to one, the Hurricane also downed far more enemy aircraft. Without the obvious elegance of the Me 109 or the Spitfire, the Hurricane was nonetheless beloved by its pilots for its ability to simultaneously take a battering and inflict serious damage from its remarkably stable gun platform. This stunning new book reveals the Hurricane in all its glory - from fascinating first-hand accounts from the men who flew her to the truly breathtaking images from John Dibbs of the Hurricanes still in flight today. This lavish, fully illustrated edition is a must-have for all fans of aviation history.

Biographical Note

John Dibbs is unquestionably the world's premier aerial photographer, having flown over 1,200 aerial sorties in 130 different types. John has published 19 books including the acclaimed series of Flying Legends publications. His award-winning work has graced hundreds of magazine covers over the last 25 years. Raised in London, his interest in aviation was passed on by his father, who grew up during the Battle of Britain near Northolt aerodrome. John now lives in Seattle, and is serving on the Board of the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs. His work can be viewed at Aviation Editor since 1989, Tony Holmes is a native of Fremantle, Western Australia. Responsible for devising the Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft, Elite Units and Duel series, Tony has also written more than 30 books for Osprey over the past 26 years, including the original Hurricane- A Fighter Legend with John Dibbs in 1996.Gordon Riley was introduced to the world of vintage aviation thanks to growing up with a father who had been a Lancaster pilot during World War II. He published Britain's first magazine dedicated to vintage aircraft - the aptly titled Vintage Aircraft magazine which he edited from 1976 to 1986 as well as compiling the Vintage Aircraft Directory and Aircraft Museums Directory. Following his monumental two-volume work Spitfire Survivors - Then and Now, co-written with Peter R. Arnold and the late Graham Trant, Gordon carried out extensive research which culminated in the publication of Hawker Hurricane Survivors in 2015.


Foreword by Wing Commander Tom Neil, DFC*, AFC, AE
In the Beginning
Chapter One Battle of France Survivor
Chapter Two ‘Blue Peter'
Chapter Three ‘Fighting 56'
Chapter Four ‘In All Things First'
Chapter Five ‘County of London' Squadron
Chapter Six Bader's ‘Dogsbody'
Chapter Seven R 4118
Chapter Eight ‘Warsaw-Kosciuszko' Hurricane
Chapter Nine ‘Eagle Squadron'
Chapter Ten Malta Defender
Chapter Eleven Hurricane with a Hook
Chapter Twelve ‘Hurribomber'
Chapter Thirteen M k XII
Chapter Fourteen Finnish Storm
Chapter Fifteen Hurricane Spectacular
Chapter Sixteen Hurricane Survivors
Appendix: Hawker Restorations Ltd

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