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    Hawker Hurricane P2902 set to fly.

    Hi All,

    I have just seen news on the internet that Hawker Hurricane P2902 is set to fly in the near future.

    I have waited for years for this news. I wrote Kenneth McGlashan's story back in 2006-07, titled 'Down to Earth', and sat in the bare airframe then.

    I can't wait to see this happen. Mac and his wife Doreen would have been so very happy.

    Cheers,

    Owen

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    Well done them ,you can never have too many Hurricanes.I do have to ask though --sorry --the plane was shot down ,the pilot crash landed then set fire to it,it lay in salty water and sand and was snagged by fishermen for over 70 years --that's quite a restoration.

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    Very pleased to hear this news.

    I had a small part to play in things, many years ago!

    Oh...and Owen...book review coming up soon!
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    Hi All,

    The reports that Mac set fire to the aircraft are not entirely accurate. He attempted to, but was unable to light the chart he was going to use to get the fire going. He was midway through the process when he came under fire from ground troops and consequently departed the scene. He never actually set the aircraft alight...contrary to the reports in the media.

    Also, thanks Andy! :-)

    Cheers,

    Owen
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    Hi All,
    Coincidently the recent showing on the PBS channel of the Hurricane 1 R4118 restoration actually featured P2902 throughout the programme while being worked
    on, looks like an excellent restoration by Hawker Restorations.....

    Geoff.

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    Hi All,

    Here's a shot of the initial restoration back when I was writing 'Down to Earth' around a decade ago! :-)

    Cheers,

    Owen

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    Seeing as it's a salt water recovery, how much material was re-usable?
    Magister Aviation
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    Hi Fouga23,

    There was a thread on this some time back http://forum.keypublishing.com/showt...in-restoration

    Cheers,

    Owen
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    Looking at the other thread ,surely it would have been better to have just reused and rebuilt to static all the original bits,after all that IS the aircraft ,that IS the historic bit.I hope they don't scrap the original parts after surviving all this time.
    This airframe is not the airframe ,it is a lovely piece of work and hopefully alot of people will enjoy seeing fly but i would like to have seen it kept as near as it was historically.

    Quote from the other thread " Sad that the wings disappeared the night they were excavated."
    "I am also under the impression that the armoured windscreen is still in circulation, but I am unsure of its location. "
    "It was pretty empty with just the seat, heel boards, rudder bar and pedals. The bottom joint for the column and the big control cable drum. That was it as I recall."

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    As an alternative viewpoint regarding Trumpers comment I feel that there are already a number of static Hurricanes on display which fulfil the need to see one close up. To consider a rebuild to fly is expensive and selecting a start point with historic combat provenance is an encouragement to link the airworthy result to events. Recent articles have shown just how involved and challenging a Hurricane build is , I am always grateful that the funding is being found to bring back such an important aircraft to the skies.

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    This is great news that P2902 is set to fly soon, it's been a long time since I first read about its restoration commencing.

    It's amazing how many flyable Hurricanes there are now!
    Steven Smart

    Hurricane aficionado, and Classical Guitar....

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    Hi again all,

    As Mac's aircraft is set to fly again, I thought I'd share a few images over the coming weeks.

    Here are his RAF 'dog tags' from World War 2.

    Cheers,

    Owen

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    Restorations.

    Quote Originally Posted by trumper View Post

    Well done them ,you can never have too many Hurricanes.I do have to ask though --sorry --the plane was shot down ,the pilot crash landed then set fire to it,it lay in salty water and sand and was snagged by fishermen for over 70 years --that's quite a restoration.
    Jack up the dataplate and build a new Aircraft around it. Well, more or less.
    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenjohan View Post
    Jack up the dataplate and build a new Aircraft around it. Well, more or less.
    How many airworthy Hurricanes do we have now? What became of the one that had been in a Soviet museum?
    pb::

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    A dozen, maybe a couple over.
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    I count 13 that have been active/flown within the past year or two:

    Three flying Hurricanes in North America - N54FH, N943HH, and CF-TPM
    Nine flying Hurricanes in Europe - G-BKTH, G-CBOE, G-CHTK, G-HHII, G-HUPW, G-HURI, PZ865, LF363, and F-AZXR
    One flying Hurricane in Australia - VH-JFW

    Current to-airworthy restorations I can think of - P3717 (not yet flown, as far as I know), P2902, Z5207, V7497, RCAF 323/L1886, AM274(?), C-GGAJ
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    re:

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnTerrell View Post
    I count 13 that have been active/flown within the past year or two:

    Three flying Hurricanes in North America - N54FH, N943HH, and CF-TPM
    Nine flying Hurricanes in Europe - G-BKTH, G-CBOE, G-CHTK, G-HHII, G-HUPW, G-HURI, PZ865, LF363, and F-AZXR
    One flying Hurricane in Australia - VH-JFW

    Current to-airworthy restorations I can think of - P3717 (not yet flown, as far as I know), P2902, Z5207, V7497, RCAF 323/L1886, AM274(?), C-GGAJ
    Did the Rhodesian schemed one go to Germany?
    pb::

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    'What became of the one that had been in a Soviet museum?'
    Is this the airframe that is now at Brooklands? I seem to remember it came out of the former Soviet Union?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SADSACK View Post
    Did the Rhodesian schemed one go to Germany?
    Yes, last I saw it was being hangared at MeierMotors (some months ago at least), but it is still on the UK register as G-CBOE.

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