R.A.F Hurricane

one of the greatest fighter planes of World War II. 

While its fame was later eclipsed by the Supermarine Spitfire, the Hurricane played a major role in early air conflicts, especially the Battle of Britain. Produced from 1937 to 1944, it served throughout most of the war and racked up some pretty impressive facts and figures.

During the Battle of Britain in July 1940, the RAF had a total of 527 Hurricanes and 321 Spitfires to face the Luftwaffe’s 2,700 planes. Ultimately, the British forces were successful in destroying 1,887 aircraft to British losses of 1,547 planes over the three-month period. Their success marked a turning point for Britain and the war, halting the Nazis’ advancement in Europe.

While slower and less agile than the Spitfire, one of the Hurricane’s saving graces was that it was known to hold up better against enemy fire. In the Battle of Britain, they helped provide cover for the Spitfires, taking the brunt of the damage as the Spitfires moved in for the kill

The vast majority of the material we use from  the most WWII Hurricane is from the wooden propeller.

The Hurricane propellers are made from a high density wood consisting of many thin layers of birch wood impregnated with phenolic resin and compressed to make a high-density and high strength material, this construction method they called Jablo and made the propellers incredibly strong.

We are fortunate in the past years in finding and knowing a few individuals and organisations where we sauce our propellers, please also note we only ever buy propellers with serial numbers on so we can be sure of the aircraft and we only ever use damaged or rotten propellers and never cut up a complete propeller. 

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