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Hawker Sea Hurricane 1b

 

Another from the Shuttleworth Collection Airshow. The Hawker Sea Hurricane was a convertion of the standard Hurricane for the Royal Navy during the early years of World War II. Initially deployed to protect merchant shipping combatting German maritime-reconnaissance bombers, some ships were converted into CAMs (catapult aircraft merchantmen) which meant that a Hurricane fighter could be launched from the ship when danger approached. The biggest problem was that the fighter could not re-land on board, and so the pilot had to ditch it in the sea. A one shot solution to a significant problem for convoys.

 

Later Sea Hurricanes were deployed on MAC-ships, these being large Merchant ships fitted with a small flight deck.

 

This aircraft served with 880 and 801 squadrons between 1941-1942 and is now owned by the Shuttleworth Trust.

 

 

 

Hawker Sea Hurricane 1b

 

Another from the Shuttleworth Collection Airshow. The Hawker Sea Hurricane was a convertion of the standard Hurricane for the Royal Navy during the early years of World War II. Initially deployed to protect merchant shipping combatting German maritime-reconnaissance bombers, some ships were converted into CAMs (catapult aircraft merchantmen) which meant that a Hurricane fighter could be launched from the ship when danger approached. The biggest problem was that the fighter could not re-land on board, and so the pilot had to ditch it in the sea. A one shot solution to a significant problem for convoys.

 

Later Sea Hurricanes were deployed on MAC-ships, these being large Merchant ships fitted with a small flight deck.

 

This aircraft served with 880 and 801 squadrons between 1941-1942 and is now owned by the Shuttleworth Trust.

 

 

 

comments (6)

Beautiful capture Les !!!!
Regards Jim
Les Auld: Thanks Jim, I do enjoy these shows, such fine opportunities.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 May 2011, 07:29
Terrific stuff Les: am I right in thinking there are only one or two airworthy ones left?
Les Auld: There are very few sea hurricanes flying these days Chris, although I believe there a few more as static exhibits. I suspect most ended up ditched. Thanks for the comment.
This is an absolutely cracking shot Les
Les Auld: Thanks Bill smile
I remember these Les
Les Auld: A good memory then Stanley, thanks for the comment.
Another fine shot Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, it was quite a good day out for a change.
  • Glo
  • United States
  • 4 May 2011, 16:03
great shot!
Les Auld: Thanks Gio, appreciate the comment.

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