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Hurricane I

Peter Vacher's Hurricane I, serial R4118, is a splendid example of the Hawker fighter. This 1940-vintage aircraft actually fought in the Battle of Britain, notching up 49 sorties with No 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron and shooting down five enemy aircraft. It later saw combat with No 111 Squadron before being relegated to training duties. The airframe ended up in India, which is where Peter Vacher found it. He brought it back to the UK in 2001 and a splendid return to flight, carried out by Hawker Restorations, ensued. R4118 took to the skies again just before Christmas 2004. This magnificent machine is a wonderfully authentic survivor of the events of 1940, and will grace the RIAT 2014 static park. Peter keeps it at a farm strip near North Moreton, Oxfordshire.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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