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HURRICANE X 'P2921'

This example of the Hawker fighter was built by Canadian Car and Foundry as a Hurricane I, with the serial AE977, in the spring of 1941. It went first to the RAF, then the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, for whose use it was converted into a navalised Sea Hurricane X. While based at Yeovilton it was involved in a mid-air collision during December 1942; the aircraft was written off. It spent many years in storage, before its purchase first by well-known warbird recovery specialist Jim Pearce, and then New Zealand collector Sir Tim Wallis and Tony Ditheridge of Hawker Restorations, who embarked on its rebuild in 1994. A first flight was made on 7 June 2000, the aircraft then painted as Douglas Bader's No 242 Squadron mount from 1940. AE977 went Stateside in 2001, joining the Friedkin family collection at Chino, California. During 2012 it was shipped back to the UK, and since then it has been based at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. Its colours are now those of P2921, a No 32 Squadron Hurricane based at Biggin Hill in 1940 and flown by then Flt Lt Pete Brothers.

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