Hawker Sea Hurricane – 880 NAS, RN, HMS Indomitable 1942. CERTIFICATE NUMBER 1
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA32016: Hawker Sea Hurricane serial Z7015 of 880 NAS, RNFAA based on the aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable, May 1942. Limited Edition of 2001 Pieces. This is CERTIFICATE NO. 1
Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
PLEASE NOTE: As this model is certificate Number One it is highly desirable and sought after as the very last one produced. Unique opportunity!
Following the early success of the Hawker Hurricane in RAF service during the Battle of Britain, the Royal Navy decided to introduce the Sea Hurricane as protection for the Atlantic convoys. Hurricane Z7015 was built by Canadian Car & Foundry at its Ontario plant during1940 as a Mk.I. and after flight testing was shipped to the UK. In June 1941, it was converted to Sea Hurricane 1b standard and had a patchy wartime flying career until 1943, when it was delivered to Loughborough College as an instructional airframe. It remained there until it was transferred to the Shuttleworth Collection in 1961. In the early 1970’s the first of several restoration attempts started, but it wasn’t until February 1986 that a Shuttleworth team began work in earnest. Thiseventually led to the first flight of the world’s ONLY airworthy Sea Hurricane 1b, in the hands of pilot Andy Sephton, in September 1995. The aircraft files today in the colours of No.880 squadron, Fleet Air Arm, on HMS Indomitable. It is allocated the civilian registration letters G-BKTH, but does not wear them.
Based on the Fury biplane and designed by Sydney Camm as a monoplane fighter, the Hurricane was first flown on November 6th, 1935. With its wide-set landing gear, easy handling, reliability, and stable gun platform, the Hurricane was suitable for a variety of different roles such as intruder, ground strafing and night fighter. Steel-tube construction meant cannon shells could pass right through the wood and fabric covering without exploding. The Hurricane underwent many modifications during its lifetime, including an upgraded Merlin engine and interchangeable multi-purpose wings, staging twelve 7.7mm guns and two 40mm anti-tank guns and carrying two 500lb bombs.