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  • China Clipper
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2003
    • 199

    Hurricane NX96RW arrives Houston DW Hooks Wednesday

    Today, Wednesday, May 17, about 530, Steward Dawson landed NX96RW, Hawker Hurricane at Houston's DW Hooks Airport, where it will be painted after its 13 year restoration... The approach and landing was uneventful (just how you want 'em!) but exciting!!! What a priceless opportunity to see a Hurricane land in Texas!!

    Stewart was greeted with Texas hospitality and a 'cold beverage'... Tom Gregory, Lone Star Flight Museum chief pilot, was in the cockpit within minutes of its landing, getting checked out by Stewart... Tom will be taking the Hurricane up tomorrow. They covered lots of nuances in its performance, trim, fuel use, etc...

    96RW arrived in bare silver... John Stewart, who painted Spitfire MK959, was already checking her out in preparation for painting.

    There were a bunch of enthusiasts and friends on hand for 96RW's arrival. Panels were removed, she was oggled and crawled over, under and through. Eventually she was tucked into the hangar by many eager hands.

    I don't know much about the airplane yet. I believe it was recovered in Newfoundland.

    More to follow!!!!
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  • DaveM2
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 761

    #2
    According to the Warbirds Directory it was recovered from a swamp in Texas....dunno how that came about though!

    Dave
    Last edited by DaveM2; 18th May 2006, 04:10.

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    • contrailjj
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2006
      • 1084

      #3
      Just a wild guess here - but judging by the doped fabric in photo one... she's got the six-gun wing... my money's on her being an old CCF-built Hurri... there were a handful that went as surplus in the Canadian Prairies... one or two could have eventually made their way south in the post-war years
      Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is a war room!

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      • Rocketeer
        trying harder
        • Jan 2005
        • 5243

        #4
        I thought this was the one that came from Nova Scotia? Incidentally, nice to see Pima have a Hurri
        Tony Dyer
        https://www.facebook.com/TheAirDefen...homepage_panel

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        • DazDaMan
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Aug 2003
          • 18706

          #5
          I must have missed this!

          When was her first flight?
          Daren Cogdon

          Spitfire fanatic

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          • DaveM2
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jan 2000
            • 761

            #6
            May 14

            Dave

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            • DazDaMan
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Aug 2003
              • 18706

              #7
              I'm surprised it wasn't posted on here - and even more so that it doesn't appear to be mentioned over on WIX!
              Daren Cogdon

              Spitfire fanatic

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              • paulmcmillan
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2000
                • 2650

                #8
                What surprised me is that in the Internet age .. this info didn't leak publically for 4 days
                Weather - Fair with cloudy patches, clear by early evening.

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                • DaveM2
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 761

                  #9
                  Yeah.......and the people I had to pay off to keep it that way......unfortunately I couldn't keep it up for another 6 weeks till the next CW is out

                  Dave

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                  • DazDaMan
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Aug 2003
                    • 18706

                    #10
                    Well, whatever! I'm glad she's finally flying, and patiently await her chosen colours....
                    Daren Cogdon

                    Spitfire fanatic

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                    • Mark12
                      MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY
                      • Jan 2000
                      • 10863

                      #11
                      Well I am assuming this is the Hurricane rebuilt by Ray Middleton over a good number of years at Fort Collins in Colorado?

                      If so, and Ray has always been a very private person, I guess the secret of keeping a secret is not to tell anyone.

                      Is this the Hurricane that had its origins in a crash site on the French coast?

                      Mark
                      "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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                      • Mark12
                        MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 10863

                        #12
                        Is this a good time to collate the definitive number of airworthy Hurricanes extant world wide?

                        I asked this question to the owner of a static Hurricane project last week and he proffered 'half a dozen'. I suspect the number is probably double that by now.

                        I'll define airworthy as having been airborne under their own power within the last five years.

                        No guesses, no assumptions, no projects nearly there.

                        Mark
                        "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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                        • DazDaMan
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Aug 2003
                          • 18706

                          #13
                          Originally posted by Mark12
                          Is this a good time to collate the definitive number of airworthy Hurricanes extant world wide?
                          I was thinking that myself earlier, but more accurately how many in North America - four? And two (soon) in Canada?
                          Daren Cogdon

                          Spitfire fanatic

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                          • paulmcmillan
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Jan 2000
                            • 2650

                            #14
                            Originally posted by DaveM2
                            According to the Warbirds Directory it was recovered from a swamp in Texas....dunno how that came about though!

                            Dave
                            My copy says..

                            Recovered (from) swamp near Gander, and trucked to Texas in 1972

                            The last time I looked Gander is in Canada!



                            However, does anyone know (or can guess an Hurricane Mk. XII RACF serial) for this and a crash date?
                            Weather - Fair with cloudy patches, clear by early evening.

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                            • haroldmulder
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Jan 2000
                              • 89

                              #15
                              hurricane

                              I saw this one last November in Fort Collins. The workmanship was great. Kudos to Ray and his team on this. And yes this aircraft did come from the East coast of Canada. I wish the new owner many years of enjoyment flying her.
                              Harold H Mulder

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                              • DaveM2
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Jan 2000
                                • 761

                                #16
                                Originally posted by paulmcmillan
                                My copy says..

                                Recovered (from) swamp near Gander, and trucked to Texas in 1972

                                The last time I looked Gander is in Canada!



                                However, does anyone know (or can guess an Hurricane Mk. XII RACF serial) for this and a crash date?
                                Huh?........didn't Texas invade and take over Canada in 1971?

                                Dave

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                                • China Clipper
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Mar 2003
                                  • 199

                                  #17
                                  It is primo beautiful inside the fuselage. It is cleaner than a new dinner plate. Spotless and shiny. I will post more info when I get more... It is here for its new paint job and it will take at least a couple months... It is an 8 gun wing.

                                  Never in my mind did I ever think I would even see a real Hurricane, let alone see all this...

                                  The folks around her are cordial, friendly, fun and fantastic. NOT to mention very dedicated to aviation!

                                  Going back out to Hooks today. By then Tom will have flown her again, but not sure if he will still be there at lunch. (Hooks has a great grill for lunch.)

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                                  • QldSpitty
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Apr 2006
                                    • 2621

                                    #18
                                    Thanks for the headsup Clipper,may your camera never run out of film and enjoy every bit of her,she is a darl.And congrats to the restoration team.
                                    "If the C.O. ask's you to be Tail End Charlie...just shoot him!!!....A Piece of Cake.
                                    http://spitfirea58-27.blogspot.com.au/

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                                    • Mark V
                                      Steve Atkin
                                      • Jun 2003
                                      • 3091

                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Mark12
                                      Is this a good time to collate the definitive number of airworthy Hurricanes extant world wide?
                                      This one makes 13 according to http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/sho...226#post268226
                                      www.warbirdcolour.co.uk

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                                      • Mark12
                                        MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY
                                        • Jan 2000
                                        • 10863

                                        #20
                                        Well done to death of not, is it 13, 14 or any other number?

                                        Definitive list.

                                        Mark
                                        "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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