Second World War era British single-seat monoplane fighter aircraft, designed by Sydney Camm, built by Hawker Aircraft. Original drawings and specifications of the plane were submitted to the Air Ministry in september 1934, which allowed to start building a prototype after october 17th 1934. Prototype was built and delivered, and in 1936 production of 1000 planes started. Hurricane served R.A.F for the whole Second World War, playing essential role in "Battle of Britain", alongside Spitfire. Hawker Aircraft built approximately 14000 Hurricanes and last ones were delivered in september 1944 to R.A.F.
Technical Information: Hawker Hurricane IIB
Span, 40 ft. 0 in.
Lenght, 32 ft. 3 in.
Height, 8 ft 9 in.
Wing area, 257.5 sq. ft.
Twelve 0.303 in. Browning machine machine-guns and two 250 lb. or 500 lb. bombs or eight rocket projectiles.
One Rolls-Royce Merlin XX twelve-cylinder 60° Vee liquid-cooled engine rated at 1,280 hp for take-off and 1,850 hp at 21,000 ft.
Loaded (with two 500 lb. bombs), 8,470 lb.
Wing-loading, 32.9 lb./sq. ft.
Clean, 340 mph at 21,000 ft.
With two 250 lb. bombs, 320 mph at 19,700 ft.
With two 500 lb. bombs, 307 mph at 19,500 ft.
Maximum climb rate:
Clean, 2,950 ft./min.
With two 250 lb. bombs, 2,530 ft./min.
With two 500 lb. bombs, 2,280 ft./min.
Time to 20,000 ft, (clean) 7.5 min.
Service ceiling, (clean) 40,000 ft.
Service ceiling, (with two 500 lb. bombs) 33,000 ft.
Technical information from William Green's "Famous Fighters of the second world war", MacDonald & Co, 1957.