Hawker Hurricane Mk I G-HUPW R4118 UP-W
This particular Hurricane was delivered to 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron in August 1940. She flew 49 sorties from Croydon Airfield during The Battle of Britain and shot down five enemy aircraft. R4118 was rebuilt several times over a short period due to various accidents. At the end of 1943 she was dismantled and shipped out to India to be used as a training aircraft. In fact she was not needed and was eventually donated to a university for engineering instruction. Her main components were stored outside for a number of years and after lengthy negotiations Peter Vacher managed to purchase her. She was shipped back to this country where she underwent a three year restoration project with Hawker Restoration Ltd from Suffolk and was fitted with a Rolls-Royce Merlin III engine, which was completely overhauled by Maurice Hammond.
Hurricane Mk I R4118 is the only Hurricane from The Battle of Britain still flying.
This aircraft as well as being a regular air show participant is also available for private displays, corporate and film work.
This aircraft is painted in its original Battle of Britain colour scheme and squadron markings.
Images courtesy of Bob Franklin and Chris Cannon