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Hawker Hurricane Mk.5 - Irish Air Corps, 1948

 

The final Hurricane variant was the Hurricane Mk.V proposed as a dedicated ground-attack aircraft for operations in the Far East and powered by a lusty Merlin 32 engine boosted to give 1,700 hp at low level driving a Rotol four-bladed propeller and with a maximum speed of 326 mph at sea level. Two converted Hurricane Mk.IV's and a single Mk.V prototype was built but no production order was gained as there was no appreciable improvement over the preceding Mark IV. In late 1945 Hawker's were given permission to export all three Hurricane Mk.V's to Ireland where they were brought up to a common standard and modified to carry four 0.50-cal M2 machine guns. The three aircraft entered service in March 1946 with the Irish Air Corps at Baldonnel where they served until 1951.

 

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Raven's lovely Mark V from the SF1 section.

Edited by Spinners

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