Hawker Hurricane MkI, c 1940.

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Hawker Hurricane MkI, c 1940.

This particular machine fought over Dunkirk and in the Battle of Britain. Although similar in appearance to the Supermarine Spitfire and also powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the Hurricane is fundamentally different in construction. It demonstrates the longevity of the pioneers' designs, with the 'stick and the string' replaced by metal; and this early example retains fabric covering on the wings. The Hurricane, although slower than the Spitfire, was considered a sturdier machine and able to withstand heavier battle-damage.

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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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20 October 2003 12:12
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Science Museum

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