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Andrew Critchell describes the 20-year restoration of Brooklands Museum’s Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIa Z2389

Stalwart members of the Hurricane team with the finished article in Brooklands’ Flight Shed, from left, Robbie Robinson, Stephen Lloyd, Ted Forster and Bob Barchardt.

In 1999, a small team of dedicated volunteers marked the official beginning of the restoration of a rare Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIa fighter at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey. It had recently been purchased and imported from Russia, the first ever historic aircraft to be bought with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. That a Hurricane had returned to Brooklands was entirely fitting, for 3,012 were produced at the site during World War Two – around onefifth of all Hurricanes built.

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