On this day: First flight of the Hawker Hurricane

Exactly 86 years ago today, one of Britain's most revered and successful fighters of World War Two completed its first flight

On November 6, 1935, Hawker prototype K5083, piloted by the manufacturer’s Chief Test Pilot, Flt Lt P.W.S Bulman, completed its maiden flight from Brooklands. By June 3, 1936, following its evaluation by the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) at Martlesham Heath, the Air Ministry had contracted Hawker to build six hundred production examples; the legendary Hurricane was subsequently born.

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