Hawker Hurricane Mk I-V

Hawker Hurricane Mk I-V

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by Martyn Chorlton, Adam Tooby, Simon Smith
     
 

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At the outbreak of World War II, only 111 Squadron and a handful of others were equipped with the Hurricane. Thanks to sudden massive orders and a well-organized Hawker sub-contracting production to Gloster and General Aircraft, more squadrons rapidly became operational. Cutting their teeth during the Battle of France, it was during the Battle of Britain that the… See more details below

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At the outbreak of World War II, only 111 Squadron and a handful of others were equipped with the Hurricane. Thanks to sudden massive orders and a well-organized Hawker sub-contracting production to Gloster and General Aircraft, more squadrons rapidly became operational. Cutting their teeth during the Battle of France, it was during the Battle of Britain that the type excelled and came to form the backbone of Fighter Command. While the Hurricane was steadily overtaken by the Spitfire in the fighter defence role, it remained the fighter of choice in North Africa and the Far East. Despite a large number being shot down in these far-flung conflicts, many received hasty repairs and returned to the fray while more fragile designs were permanently grounded. The Hurricane may not have been the prettiest or, the best-performing aircraft but, as Francis Mason stated: ‘The Royal Air Force was glad to get the Spitfire…it had to have the Hurricane!’

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Editorial Reviews

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"The proverbial meat on the bones rests within the book's second half.  Here, Chorlton adroitly recounts the aircraft's wartime evolution – from "cutting their teeth during the battle of France" to excelling during the Battle of Britain ... Forty historic photographs and additional artwork compliment this handy publication.  Looking for paint schemes?  Eight color profiles – including the final Hurricane produced – and a foldout schematic offer ample inspiration for hobbyists."
- Rachel E. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com

"...features full-color artwork and illustrations, as well as cut-away art. Author Martyn Chorlton details the design, development, specs and operational history of this Royal Air Force necessity."
- Model Retailer (May 2013)

"As in other books in this series, the author, Martyn Chorlon, covers the background and the development of the aircraft. We see how it is used in various theathers of operation and how the aircraft improved over the years. Unlike the Spitfire, the last Hurricane was nearly identical in looks from the first Hurricane. All of the various marks are covered and there are several pages of nice full color profiles. In addition, the back cover is a two page cutaway of the Hurricane. In all, it is another superb title in the Air Vanguard series."
- Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (March 2013)

"charts the evolution and impact of the Hurricane, which became the fighter plane of choice in North Africa and the Far East during World War II. It charts the rise and experiences of Hurricane squadrons, their battles, and the evolution of the craft itself, providing many vintage black and white photos throughout. Any World War II collection or aviation library will find this a winning title!"
- the Midwest Book Review (May 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780966045
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Series:
Air Vanguard , #6
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
523,875
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

Martyn Chorlton was born in the north Cambridgeshire fens during the late 1960s, joining the RAF as an Air Photographer in 1984. After tours in Germany and Northern Ireland, his service came to an end in 1997 and, a few years later, he cut his writing teeth on an Airfield Focus. To date he has 14 published books under his belt. In 2004 he launched Old Forge Publishing, which has now produced another 17 books. That same year he also began freelancing for the aviation magazine fraternity and has continued this ever since. Currently, Martyn is an editorial assistant and regular contributor to Aeroplane Monthly and several other aviation magazines.

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