Hurricane IV flies in Belgium

Hurricane IV KZ321/OO-HUR, with Frédéric Vormezeele at the controls at Brasschaat on 4 November.
DIRK BELLENS

The world’s only airworthy Hawker Hurricane IV, KZ321, flew at Brasschaat in Belgium on 4 November for the first time since being imported from Canada during the spring. The aircraft, now registered OO-HUR, was reassembled by Flying Aces Services and Training (FastAero) on behalf of new owner Bernard Van Milders, and was flown by FastAero boss Frédéric Vormezeele.

Frédéric says, “The Merlin engine needed overhaul and was sent straight out to Vintage V-12s at Tehachapi, California, who did a wonderful job. The original Rotol propeller was overhauled by Skycraft Ltd in Lincolnshire, who also did a perfect job. The aircraft was put back together in our new facilities at Brasschaat. With the engine and propeller being overhauled we took the opportunity to improve a few things on the airframe and systems with great support from Hawker Restorations.

“I was privileged to take this unique Hurricane up on its first flight. After a perfect first trip, the owner took to the air as well with his superb new machine. At FastAero we also took care of Bernard Van Milders’ training program, going through some flying with TF-51 PH-VDF Scat VII.” Built at Kingston in 1942, KZ321 served with No 6 Squadron in Italy. The fighter was abandoned in Israel during 1947 and rescued in 1983, being registered to Warbirds of Great Britain as G-HURY.

Bought by The Fighter Collection in 1991, it was restored by Hawker Restorations in Suffolk, and flew again in July 2003. It was sold to Vintage Wings of Canada in 2006, and operated as CF-TPM until its recent sale.