Hawker's Fighter Legend

Hurricane cover


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.' Prior to the Battle of Britain, a number of squadrons equipped with the fighter had seen action firstly in the 'Phoney War,' and then during the disastrous campaign in France. Even then with the odds so heavily stacked against the Hurricane pilots, impressive scores were achieved. Indeed, the Hurricane was the true workhorse of the RAF. It 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. Despite the intervening decades the Hurricane is still well loved to this day. Often overshadowed by the Spitfire, recent years have seen a resurgence in interest in the plucky 'Hurry.'

This remarkable book reveals the Hurricane in all its glory--from fascinating first-hand accounts from the men who flew her to the truly breath-taking 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.

Table of Contents

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

Product details

Published May 23 2017
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 256
ISBN 9781472822956
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Fully illustrated in colour and mono.
Dimensions 11 x 9 inches
Series General Aviation
Short code GNA
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Tony Holmes

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