After learning to fly on their first visit to Sim-Fly, most people want to fly either a Spitfire, a Lancaster or a Red Arrow Hawk and who could argue with such fantastic aircraft?
However the slightly less famous Hawker Hurricane is on our system now with several versions including legless Douglas Bader’s LED from RAF Coltishall, 1940.
The Hurricane was supposed to be a much better gun platform than the Spitfire as the thickness of the wings is substantial and the whole aircraft is much more solid than the Spitfire.
From a pilots point of view, it’s always good to have a solid undercarriage for cross wind landings and again there is no comparison as the Hurricane has sturdy, braced legs as opposed to the spindly legs of a Spitfire.
Few would argue that the visibility out of the Hurricane is as good as the Spitfire as it’s rather like being in a greenhouse with the thick metal lines in the canopy – the clarity of the Spitfire canopy was obviously an asset in a dog – fight.
Talking of dog-fighting, many people learn to fly on a Cessna trainer at Sim-Fly but then quickly progress onto either a Hurricane or Spitfire and it’s always a pleasure on their first loop as they zoom upwards……past the vertical and then dive towards the ground.
It must be a natural reaction to gently ease out of the ensuing dive and that’s exactly what everyone does!
So why not come and fly our Hurricane? If you can’t fly, I can show you the basics in under and hour and then it’s all down to you to fly any aircraft of your choice…