Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc (PZ865 / EG-S) from the RAF BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) at the RIAT 2019, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)
The Hawker Hurricane is one of the classic fighters of all time, designed and built for war. It was at the forefront of Britain's defence in 1940 and it played a major part in achieving the victory of 1945. Sadly, today, there are only 12 Hurricanes still airworthy worldwide; only 6 of those in UK.
The RAF BBMF is proud to operate two of these historically important and rare aircraft. The last Hurricane ever built (of 14.533), PZ865 rolled off the Hawker production line at Langley, Bucks, in July 1944 with the inscription 'The Last of the Many' on her port and starboard sides. Keen to preserve the last Hurricane ever built, Hawkers purchased the aircraft back from the Air Ministry and kept it in storage at Langley. Since 2012 this famous Hurricane has faithfully replicated Hurricane Mk IIc HW840, coded "EG-S", of 34 Sqn, South East Asia Command during 1944, the personal aircraft of Canadian pilot, Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Whalen DFC.
The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) operates from RAF Coningsby, a Typhoon and fighter base, in Lincolnshire. The mission of the RAF BBMF is to maintain the priceless artefacts of our national heritage in airworthy condition in order to commemorate those who have fallen in the service of this country, to promote the modern day Air Force and to inspire the future generations. Flown by regular serving RAF Aircrew, the BBMF operates six Spitfires, two Hurricane, a Lancaster as well as a C-47 Dakota and two Chipmunk aircraft (primarily used for training).
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.