Hawker Hurricane fighter jets for vintage aircraft enthusiasts
In these times when big corporations and media houses are canceling their private jet orders, there’s still plenty of collector items and one-off objects to appeal to the serious collectors. For one, Classic Aero Restorations has restored a Hawker Hurricane Mk IIB circa 1940 from the famous Hurricane series of single-seat fighter planes flown by the Royal Air Force during the historical Battle of Britain. Hurricane series aircrafts was designed by aeronautical engineer Sydney Camm and were popular because of rugged construction, simple maintenance and long operational life. These airplanes have a top cruising speed of 325 mph and ceiling of 36,000 feet. Classic Aero Restorations reports on its website that there are only seven flying Hurricanes known to be in circulation.
The Hurricane Mk IIB features an open cockpit and it bears a serial number that is traceable. Reportedly, there has been some criticism of the decision to keep these aircraft operational instead of retiring and scrapping them, but Classic Aero Restorations has restored them to flying condition. The company has similar listings for vintage aircraft enthusiasts. The firm also is selling a Spitfire TR9 fighter aircraft circa 1944 from the series.