1944 Hawker Hurricane IIB G-HHII (S/N R20023), touted as “the world’s only dual control two seat Hawker Hurricane” has hit the market.
The aircraft was manufactured by the Canadian Car & Foundry Company in 1942 and served with the RCAF until 1944. It then passed through a succession of owners, including Tony Ditheridge of Hawker Restorations, who restored it to a fighter-bomber configuration in the markings of BE505 of 174 (Mauritius) Squadron. The machine was acquired by the Hangar 11 Collection in 2007 and performed its first post-restoration flight in 2009. After being offered for sale, the machine once again joined the Hawker Restorations family and was chosen for conversion to a two-seat Hurricane. The listing states:
The conversion is being done as sympathetically as possible to the original lines of the airframe and is similar to those airframes converted to two-seaters during WWII… G-HHII is scheduled for completion in the Autumn of 2019 in time for the beginning of the 2020 flying Season and 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
The airframe reportedly has 152 hrs since restoration by Hawker Restorations, while the Packard Merlin 29 engine has 152.9 Hrs TTSO by Maurice Hammond of Eye Tech Engineering (top end O/H 7.9 Hrs – new heads and banks fitted December 2015).
(Photo: Paul Nelhams from Shannon, Ireland via Wikimedia Commons)