Hawker Hurricane

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The Hawker Hurricane was a single-seat fighter plane, Britain's first monoplane, which fought in the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. Slower but more numerous than the Supermarine Spitfire, the Hurricane was used by the Royal Air Force in multiple theatres of the Second World War (1939-45).

More about: Hawker Hurricane


  • 6 Nov 1935
    The first Hawker Hurricane prototype is flown.
  • Feb 1936
    The Hawker Hurricane undergoes performance trials.
  • Jun 1937
    The British Air Ministry orders 600 Hawker Hurricanes.
  • 12 Oct 1937
    The first Hawker Hurricane production aircraft are flown.
  • Dec 1937
    The first Hawker Hurricanes enter RAF service in No. 111 Squadron based at Northolt.
  • 10 Jul 1940 - 31 Oct 1940
    The Battle of Britain (official Air Ministry dates).
  • Jan 1947
    The last Hawker Hurricanes to serve in the RAF are decomissioned.