Biblane Hurricane

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  1. 4trade

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    Wow....:shock:

    A Hawker Hurricane, which featured a jettisonable top wing with integral fuel tanks, to reduce take-off distance with heavy loads, and to improve ferry range. The modification was implemented by F. Hills Sons and was designated the "Hillson FH.40". It proved too heavy to be serviceable.

    hurricanBiplane.jpg
     
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    Now that is cool and unusual! Thanks for posting!
     
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    Jettison upper wing.....and......stall :)
    Steve
     
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    I think thats all you have to do.... make a turn and you jettison the upper wing, whether you want to or not!!!
     
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    Just looks wrong to me....
     
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    Not bad, we can add that next to the "DB" Hurricane Yugoslavia built, in the weird section of the Hurri's History :D
     
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    Hurricane have some weird mod´s history, like this open cocpit 2 seat Iranian trainer:

    Hawker-Hurricane-Iran-1.jpg
     
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    That looks heavily armed for a trainer, those surely aren't .303's sticking out of the wings.
     
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    The soviets also converted a few like this and if I rember right some had a rear manned gun.
     
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    Yep found it :)
     

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    #11 nuuumannn, Jan 23, 2013
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    Hurricane IIc - 4 x 20 mm cannon as standard armament. There's another photo of the same aircraft with a canopy over the rear cockpit. Note also that the hump fairing and what was called the 'Dog Box' is gone completely from aft of the cockpit. The 'Dog Box' was a light ply fairing that was narrow enough to enable the canopy to slide backwards.

    The removal of the hump was simple since it was light wooden formers, which were covered in fabric; the structure beneath being a welded steel tube cage stretching back to the rudder post.
     
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    didnt the hurricane come from a bi plane design?
     
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    It's got a lot of visual similarity to the earlier Hawker Fury, but when you look close it's just a family resemblance. All Hawkers of that time period had some similarities.
     
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    now i don't mind the 2 seaters...:D
     
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    While searching for RCAF Target Tugs, I found another picture but this one has the caption "with the RCAF" That can't be right, can it?(from wwiivehicles.com)

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    Nope, it can't be right...indeed, it isn't. The "slip wing" Hurricane was only ever flown in the UK with the RAF.
     
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    Although that Hurri (Hawker built Mk.I L1884) didn't ever fly with the RCAF, it did go to Canada as a pattern aircraft in 1939 before being returned to the UK. No doubt RCAF pilots got to fly it though. That might explain the caption.

    The Hillson F.H.40 as it was known in this guise was operated under an Air Ministry contract with the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment in 1942 before the idea was canned. The slip wing Hurri was actually designed to enable the Hurricane to lift a greater load, but it was found that later variants could achieve the parameters required with external stores, so the slip wing idea was not necessary.
     
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    Thought so. Just making sure. Thanks Buffnut.

    Geo
     
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    Never seen your post when I entered mine Nuuumannn. Thanks for the info. I typed in Hillson F.H.40 into google images and there is a fair bit of stuff out there.

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