Hawker (CC&F) Hurricane Mk IIB
Two Seat - Dual Control
s/n R20023 G-HHII
Photos Copyright Darren Harbar Photography
Photo: Copyright and Photoshopped Image by Darren Harbar Photography
Hawker (CC&F) Hurricane Mk IIB - Two Seat - Dual Control
s/n R20023 G-HHII
152 Hours Since Restoration by Hawker Restorations
Packard Merlin 29, 152.9 Hrs TTSO by Maurice Hammond of Eye Tech Engineering
Top end O/H 7.9 Hrs - New Heads & Banks fitted December 2015.
Hamilton Standard 23E50-495. 65.5 Hrs SMOH.
Becker Mode S Transponder.
Represented as BE505, XP*L, a Mk. IIB operated by 174 Sqn in 1942. 10/10
Restored to stock original condition: 10/10
The history of this aircraft begins at the Canadian Car & Foundry (CCF) Company in 1942 as Construction Number CCF/R20023. CCF produced some 1,451 Hurricanes under licence in the early years of WWII, and on completion this one joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a home-based fighter for the duration of the war. At the end of her military service she was refurbished to ‘as new’ condition and then sold off to the private sector, as were most surviving RCAF Hurricanes at that time. Many were exploited as ‘hardware stores’, providing parts to keep tractors and other machinery running on the enormous farms of the Canadian prairie. However, this particular aircraft was luckier and remained substantially intact, to be re-discovered by Hawker boss Tony Ditheridge in the 1990s as a very complete airframe with most major components intact. Returning to the UK, HRL began comprehensive restoration work in 2005 and was acquired by Hangar 11 Collection in 2007 and registered as G-HHII.Restoration was completed in January 2009 and this rare machine was rolled out in fighter-bomber configuration, resplendent in the markings of BE505, a Manston based MkIIB operated by 174 (Mauritius) Squadron in the spring of 1942. Her first flight took place from North Weald on 27th January 2009.
G-HHII returned to Hawker Restorations in the winter of 2017/18 and it was soon announced that this airframe has been chosen to be converted into a two-seat machine (see progress photos). This is an exciting prospect for the warbird community and will allow the public to enjoy flights in another classic Battle of Britain stalwart, aside from the Spitfire. The conversion is being done as sympathetically as possible to the original lines of the airframe and is similar to those airframes converted to two-seaters during WWII (photos on file). G-HHII is scheduled for completion in the Autumn of 2019 in time for the beginning of the 2020 flying Season and 80thAnniversary of the Battle of Britain. More details on this project and the conversion process will follow on a regular basis moving forward.
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