Hurricane G-HURI at Southport Air Show

Hurricane G-HURI at Southport Air Show

It has been confirmed that Hurricane G-HURI will be flying at this year’s Southport Air Show. You can see the full timetable of events and purchase your tickets here.

Hurricane Mk XIIa 5711 (G-HURI) was rebuilt in the 1980’s from the best original Hurricane parts sourced, in the previous 10 years, from all over Canada. It was given the identity of aircraft CCF c/n 72036 as that aircraft was the source of the airframe used in the rebuild. RCAF 5711 had been built in 1942 by the Canadian Car Foundry as part of their sixth production batch and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943. It is believed to have served with 123 Squadron at Debert before going to 127 and 129 Squadrons at Dartmouth and onto 1 Operational Training Unit at Bagotville.

It made its first post-restoration flight in 1989 painted in RAF markings as Z3781 coded XR-T of No 71 Eagle Sqdn. Historic Aircraft Collection acquired the Hurricane in 2002 and after undergoing an 18 month extensive programme of repairs and maintenance the Hurricane reappeared in an entirely new paint scheme for 2004, Z5140 coded HA-C of No 126 Sqdn the paint scheme that was worn by a Gloster-built Hurricane IIB, flown with 126 Squadron during the siege of Malta.

Today Hawker Hurricane G-HURI wears 302 Squadron Markings for the 2023 Season with the markings of Flt Lt Tadeusz Chlopik (P2954 WX-E) on the Starboard side and Wing Commander Julian Kowalski (P3935 WX-D) on the Port side and flies as The Polish Heritage Flight.

Polish Heritage Flight

Date:  Saturday 15 April 2023  –  Saturday 30 September 2023

Free Entry

Monday – Saturday. 10am – 4pm.
Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays.
Plan your visit here.

Remember. Inspire. Unity.
Pamiętamy. Inspirujemy. Zjednoczeni.

On 11th November 2019 the Polish Heritage Flight was formed.

As part of the Historic Aircraft Collection based at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, the project aims of The Polish Heritage Flight is to bring to life the stories of the people that came to the ‘island of last hope’ to take up the fight from Britain and throughout the Second World War. Their ethos is to tell the story of all aspects of the Polish Story.

The Polish Heritage Flight fly in tribute to not only Fighter Command, but also Bomber Command, Costal Command and all those that served in all the Services and Conflicts.

Through objects, stories and images learn a little more about those who once gave themselves for our freedom.

Posted on 8 September 2023 under General news

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