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.
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