Living History: Twin-Seat Hurricane

The dream of a passenger flight in a Hurricane has recently become reality, thanks to world-leading restorers of the type, Hawker Restorations. With its unique two-seat conversion taking to the skies earlier this year, Darren Harbar finds out more…

Stu Goldspink formates on the cameraship during BE505’s first air-to-air photography sortie as a two-seater. In the back seat is Hawker Restorations’ Peter Johnson – the first ‘true’ passenger to be flown in the machine

In 1946, Hawker Aircraft embarked on the design and production of a dedicated two-seat Hurricane trainer for the Imperial Iranian Air Force – although successful, just two were built. That said, neither machine or the associated design and production data survive, while very few photographs exist. However, nearly 75 years later a new two-seat, dual-control Hurricane graces the UK’s skies, thanks to the hard work and abilities of Suffolk-based Hawker Restorations (HR). What makes it even better is passengers will soon be able to fly in it.

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