Over the last few weeks, our Harvard has undergone a complete strip-down and is now in the process of being repainted to represent an aircraft provided to the RAF in the early years of the war under the lend-lease scheme.
Once finished, she’ll display her original RAF registration – FE511 – and we hope to offer flights to members of the public later in the year.
The work is being undertaken by RGV at Gloucester and we expect her to be fully rebuilt and back in the air sometime in February.
In the meantime, James Brown (the boss of Hurricane Heritage) has been working hard to complete his check-out on the aeroplane. Having spent a week at Stallion 51 in Florida, James was signed off on their T-6G and is ready to get flying in our Harvard as soon as her repaint is finished.
Published on 25th January 2017 in News
Even when you fly planes for a living, taking to the controls of a Hurricane is no easy task. So huge congratulations to BA pilot and our Chief Engineer Matt Pettit, who completed his lengthy training at the weekend to become a fully qualified Hurricane pilot.
Well done Matt – we salute you!
Published on 17th August 2016 in News
If the pictures are anything to go by, it seems this year’s R4118 Photographer Day was a resounding success.
The event was hosted by our good friend and professional aviation photographer Darren Harbar, who shared practical advice and helpful tips with 15 budding photographers.
Huge thanks to Shuttleworth for making WWII era vehicles available for our Battle of Britain pilot to pose with.
Plans for next year’s Photography Day are already afoot. Watch this space!
Hawker Hurricane Mk1 R4118 takes centre stage in July’s edition of Aeroplane Monthly magazine, with the front cover and double-page article inside.
A series of new photographs by Darren Harbar accompany the article, written by R4118’s new owner James Brown.
In the article James writes about his passion for flying and his long-held ambition to purchase – and eventually fly – the Hurricane.
Aeroplane Monthly is on sale now for £4.40 in most good newsagents, or available to purchase online here.
Find our more about Aeroplane Monthly July edition here.
Watched by a small crowd of friends and family at her home in Old Warden, R4118 emerged into the spring sunshine for its pre-season air test on Sunday 17th April.
Pilot Stu Goldspink put on a spectacular air display, swooping low over onlookers and performing some impressive loops during the 30 minute test flight.
During the day, visitors flocked to the Hurricane Heritage pop-up shop, where a range of R4118-themed merchandise was launched for the first time. Merchandise will shortly be available in our online Shop.
Published on 26th April 2016 in Friends, News
Liv Tyler may be a Hollywood superstar, but we think our AT16 Harvard more than held her own in a recent promotional film for luxury brand Belstaff. Watch the film here.
Liv Tyler in AT16 Harvard owned by Hurricane Heritage
Scenes with our Harvard were filmed early one morning in late December at Shuttleworth, so we’ve been holding on to these exclusive behind the scenes shots until now.
The film, Falling Up, was produced to celebrate Liv’s collaboration with the brand. In the film, she retraces the footsteps of female aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart – incidentally also one of the first ladies that Belstaff ever dressed in the 1920s.
For more details and behind the scenes footage of the making of the film, visit Belstaff’s website.
Behind the scenes with Liv Tyler and the film crew next to AT16 Harvard
Published on 24th February 2016 in In The Press, News
Hurricane Heritage is now the proud owner of a 1942 Harvard MkIIb, the trainer plane built by Noorduyn Aviation of Montreal and used throughout WWII by the RAF, USAAF and the Canadian Air Force.
Currently painted in a highly distinctive blue and red paint scheme, we will begin the process of restoring ‘Checker Tail’ to an original wartime livery later this year.
Long-term, our plan is to offer passenger flights in the Harvard, flying alongside Hurricane R4118. In the meantime, she can be viewed as part of The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, just a few hangars down from R4118.
Read more about the Hurricane Heritage Harvard here.
Published on 15th January 2016 in News
We can’t think of a better way to start 2016 than in Hangar 4 at Old Warden with Hurricane MkI R4118 and the crew. And it seems many of you felt the same way, judging by the numbers who joined us for our Engineering Open Weekend on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd January.
The weekend gave enthusiasts the chance to get up-close-and-personal with R4118, chat to our dedicated engineers and ground crew, and get answers to all of those burning questions about Hurricanes in general and R4118 in particular.
During the two-day event, our engineers removed panels from the R4118, giving visitors the chance to see close-hand some of the incredible technology under its skin – and of course its beautiful (and beautifully restored) Merlin III engine.
The weekend was voted a resounding success by all who attended – and we at Hurricane Heritage look forward to hosting more events like these over the coming months and years.
Thank you to everyone who made it down to Old Warden – and watch this space for more details of forthcoming events.
Published on 7th January 2016 in News
Fears that the sole surviving Hawker Hurricane from the Battle of Britain would be sold to an international buyer were allayed today, with the announcement that the aircraft has been purchased by a British aviation enthusiast.
A UK software entrepreneur is the new owner of Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 R4118, ensuring that this unique Battle of Britain veteran remains in the UK.
Delivered new to 605 Squadron in August 1940, R4118 flew 49 operational sorties during the Battle of Britain, shooting down five enemy aircraft before being shot down itself. After a meticulous restoration by previous owner Peter Vacher, the aircraft is now regarded as the most historic British aircraft to survive in flying condition from the Second World War.
On his purchase, the new owner said: “R4118 is a remarkable survivor from the Battle of Britain. When I heard the aircraft was on the market, I knew it was critical that this unique piece of Britain’s history remained in the UK, so I’m very pleased to have been able to achieve that.
“My goal is to ensure that the Hurricane remains in the pristine condition that Peter Vacher has returned it to and that it continues to be a regular feature at British air shows for many years to come. Thanks to Peter’s efforts to return R4118 to flying condition, the aircraft commands huge affection from the British public and I’m proud to be able to play a part in her future.”
Commenting on the sale, Peter Vacher said “R4118 has been a huge part of my life for many years, but I have other projects that I’m keen to focus on and it’s time for a new owner to take on the mantle. I’m delighted that the purchase means not only that R4118 will remain in the UK, but that it will be cherished by a true enthusiast.”
R4118 will be moving to its new home at Old Warden Aerodrome, Bedfordshire in October where it will be placed on public display within the hangars of the Shuttleworth Collection. As well as continuing its participation in major airshows nationwide throughout 2016, it is hoped that the aircraft will also become a regular participant at Shuttleworth Collection events alongside its Old Warden stablemate, Sea Hurricane Mk 1B Z7015.
Published on 30th September 2015 in News