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jensenpark
01-14-2007, 09:18 PM
Looking for some feedback/info guys...

Just wondering what specifically it was about the Hurri that it was not able to be further developed as a front line fighter through the course of the war like the Spit or 109...

Give or take a small bit of time, they all came on to the scene close to the same time...yet in 45 we had the Spit 14, 109k but nothing close from the Hurri in performance...

Yes, there were improvements, mods and changes over the years - rocket racks, cannons, more powerful engine in the Hurri Mk V, but not the huge leap made by a Spit 9, and so on...

Just a limited original design? Or Hawker was too busy developing the Typhoon, Tempest and so on to bother...?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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FritzGryphon
01-14-2007, 09:25 PM
Mainly, the original design was too heavy from obsolete steel construction, with too thick wings to easily be a late war high performance fighter.

Anything that an up-engined Hurri could do, a Spitfire could do better.

CAF96th_Sillyak
01-14-2007, 09:53 PM
the hurri was the last development of a line of hawker biplanes, where as the spit and 109s were rather new devleopments.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Waldo.Pepper
01-14-2007, 10:38 PM
Hurricane evolution. A deadend.

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Whirlin_merlin
01-15-2007, 12:54 AM
Originally posted by CAF96th_Sillyak:
the hurri was the last development of a line of hawker biplanes, where as the spit and 109s were rather new devleopments.

Good point the Hurri was the ultimate biplane (ish).

Mind you don't forget that the Typhoon and Tempest were it's spiritual decendants (as was the double decker London bus).