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The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft of the 1930s-1940s that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force (RAF)
The Hawker Hurricane was the first RAF eight-gun monoplane fighter, and the first British combat aircraft to exceed 300 mph in level flight. The prototype was first flown on 6 November 1935, and was the forerunner of more than 14,000 Hurricanes. In the decisive Battle of Britain, Hurricanes shot down more enemy aircraft than all other combined air and ground forces. This famous interceptor was equally successful as a fighter-bomber, and it pioneered the use of rocket-projectiles on fighters. The Hurricane also excelled as a "tank-buster" when it was fitted with twin 40mm cannons. Overseas, RAF-serialled Hurricanes were flown by RAAF Nos 3, 450, and 451 Squadrons.
In 1941, the British Government presented a Hawker Hurricane Mk I fitted with tropical equipment to Australia. The RAAF serial A60-1 was allocated, but the Hurricane retained its RAF number, V7476. The aircraft was erected at No 1 Aircraft Depot in August 1941, and joined Central Flying School (CFS) on 6 September 1941, where it was used for familiarisation flights and war-loan demonstrations. In mid-1942, the Hurricane was transferred to No 2 Communication Flight and, while at Laverton, it was used for testing an anti-"G" suit designed by Professor Cotton, of Melbourne University. Between 1943 and 1946, the Hurricane operated mainly with No 1 Communication Unit and Central Flying School, except for a month with No 2 Operational Training Unit.
In 1946, the Hurricane, now in silver finish, was transferred to Point Cook, where it remained in a disposal park until sold on 27 January 1951.
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