Hawker Hurricane: The Great Monoplane Gamble

It may have borrowed from the company’s biplane experience, but the project that became the Hurricane represented quite a risk for Hawker. Would the Air Staff accept a monoplane fighter? Would fighters even be felt necessary to protect the latest breed of bombers? As official documents show, these and other questions made the new fighter’s large-scale availability in time for war a close-run thing — and compromised its design

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