Ground Runs Mark Major Step Toward Hawker Hurricane’s First Flight Since 1940 [Video]

The anxiously awaited post-restoration flight of Hawker Hurricane P2902/G-ROBT is drawing closer with recent engine tests.

As previously reported, the aircraft was built by Gloster and served with 245 Squadron performing shipping protection patrols. In May 1940, Pilot Officer Kenneth McGlashan crash landed the machine on a beach at Dunkirk following an engagement with two Messerschmitt 109s. McGlashan survived, and attempted to set fire to the aircraft to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.

Over the years, the airframe was washed out to sea and became a menace for French fishermen, whose nets were continually being torn on the submerged wreckage. Following its discovery, the Hurricane was recovered by French enthusiasts and acquired by warbird operator Rick Roberts, who brought it to Hawker Restorations for restoration to airworthy condition.

The flight, which is expected to take place shortly, will be conducted by noted warbird pilot Stuart Goldspink, and will be the first from Hawker Restorations’ new facility at Elmsett, near Hadleigh.

Click below to check out video of P2902’s recent ground run.

G-ROBT Ground Run

A big moment! Another step closer to getting G-ROBT in the air!

Posted by Hawker Restorations Ltd on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

(via Hawker Restorations Additional Information via Suffolk Free Press)