Hawker Hurricane Mk XII
The Hurricane is a single seat fighter of British origin used extensively in WWII. By July 1944 some 14,500 Hurricanes had been built using resources from around the world.
In 1939, Canadian Car & Foundry were contracted by the Royal Air Force to produce the Hawker Hurricane (Marks X, XI and XII). When their production was complete (in 1943), CC&F's workforce had built over 1,400 aircraft, circa 10% of all Hurricanes built!
This aircraft, VH-JFW, was built as a Mk XII Hurricane in 1942 by Canadian Car and Foundry (under construction number 60372). The construction was based on the Hawker Hurricane Mk IIB. Following various RCAF postings, including time with 31 Operational Training Unit, 1 Operational Training unit and 9 Bombing and Gunnery School the aircraft was disposed of by Crown Assets, Canada in November 1944. The Aircraft was then stored in a field until a restoration program began in 1984 which was completed and then test flown in 1991. The transfer of ownership during this period is well documented.
The aircraft underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2014 by the present owner and remains in excellent flying condition today.
Hurricane Mk IIb
Rolls Royce Merlin 500-224
32 Since Top Overhaul
Dowty Rotol RS5-13
Presented in superb condition in the livery scheme of V6748, a Mk I operated by 32 Squadron in 1940.
Becker Transceiver x2
King KN-53 VOR / ILS
Trig TT31 Mode S Transponder
On leaving the RCAF in 1944, having served with two training units and a bombing and gunnery school, the aircraft was stored in a field until the early 1980’s. It was then purchased by salvage expert Jack Arnold who began its restoration. In 1984 it was sold to fellow Canadian Terry Dieno who continued the work until he sold it to well known UK collector Charles Church in 1986. The restoration was subsequently completed between 1989 to 1991 by Dick Melton Aviation and test flown in September 1991 by pilot Dave Southwood (then registered as G-ORGI). At this time the aircraft was in the livery of P2970 “Little Willie” (a Mk I flown by Pilot Officer Geoffrey Page of 56 Squadron RAF 1940).
In 1992 the Aircraft was purchased by David Price and shipped to Chino (USA), where it was flown under its new registration N678DP before being transferred to the Museum of Flight Collection in Santa Monica, Ca.
In 2002 the Museum of Flight closed and the aircraft was sold to Ed Russell whereupon it entered his collection as C-FDNL in South Niagara, Canada. In 2014 it was sold to its present owner; Galway Scone PTY Ltd, based in NSW, Australia. The aircraft underwent refurbishment shortly thereafter by Vintage Fighter Restorations (include replacing all wood and fabric).
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