With over 15,000 Hurricanes built, the aircraft served on virtually every front; even remaining in front-line service as a ground-attack aircraft well after production ended. During the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane
downed more Luftwaffe aircraft than any other type accruing over 1,500 confirmed victories.
Despite its record the Hurricane is slow under-powered, maneuvers poorly, and lacks acceleration. The early Bf109s and Bf110s had little problem contending with the Hurricane. During the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane’s main advantage came from fighting over friendly territory against opponents operating at the edge of their combat range. On the average though, the Hurricane was outclassed by most of its air-to-air opponents.
The Hurricane is a relatively stable aircraft and generally less difficult to fly than the Spitfire. The Hurricane reaches maximum power between 16,000 and 18,000 feet but performance falls off sharply above 18,000 feet. Typically the Hurricane should engage inbound bombers while Spitfires engage the escorting Bf109s.
Hawker Hurricane Mk 1:
Wingspan: 49ft. 0in. Length: 31ft. 5in. Height: 13ft. 2in. Wing Area: 258 sq.ft.
Engine: Rolls Royce Merlin III rated at 1,030 hp. Fuel: 110 gal. internal
Loaded Weight: 6,600 lb. Wing Loading: 26 lb./sq.ft. Maximum Speed: 316mph.
Service Ceiling: 33,200ft. Rate of Climg: 2,300 ft./min Combat Radius: 140 miles
Armaments: 8 X .303 cal. Browning Machine Guns Ammunition: 334rds/gun.
Note: Once the aircraft caught fire, it was quickly engulfed in flames. Many pilots suffered the effects of “Hurricane burns.” The Hurricane is only capable of being flown in a clean congiguration.