This wonderful book, which contains many detailed texts, drawings and cutaway drawings, is a masterpiece about an iconic R.A.F. fighter through his technical aspect : the Hawker Hurricane Mark II.
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||The R.A.F. Museum ( Hendon, London )
||ARMS AND ARMOUR PRESS
The Hawker Hurricane secured its immortality as the R.A.F.'s protagonist in the Battle of Britain. At that time The Hurricane I was the only version of the type in operational use, and its eight rifle - calibre Browning machine - guns were enough to wreak destruction among the opposing German formations. The prospect of making the Hurricane capable of carrying more and heavier guns was held out by the installation of the 1.260 - horsepower Rolls - Royce Merlin XX engine in the airframe, and with the new power unit the aircraft was designated Hurricane II. Deliveries began on September 4th, 1940. The first 120 of these, known as Hurricane Mk IIA Series 1, had the original wings, carrying eight Brownings. An earlier proposal to fit twelve Browning guns was developed successfully, via the Hurricane Mk IIA Series 2, for the Hurricane IIB. These Hurricane had attachment points for underwing external tanks or bombs, and became popularly known as the ’ Hurribomber ’.
Of the 12.979 Hurricanes of all marks that were built in Britain, no fewer than 8.436 were Mark II variants ; and of the 1.451 Canadian - buit aircraft, 1.037 were of Marks X, XI, XII and XIIA, all of them derivates of the Mark II. This was, therefore, by far the most numerous version of the classic design, and bore the brunt of Hurricane operations until the war ended in 1945.