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Hurricane is centrepiece of Royal Windsor Tattoo
A Hurricane plane takes flight
The Hawker Hurricane was designed by Windsor's Sir Sydney Camm.

A World War II aircraft designed by a Windsor engineer will be the centrepiece of the Windsor Royal Tattoo.

The aircraft will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The Hawker Hurricane, designed by Sir Sydney Camm, made up 60% of aircraft fighting in the Battle of Britain, and determined the outcome of World War II.

Former RAF man Bob Ambrose said that the Hurricane was even more "glamorous" than the more well known Spitfires.

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The Hurricane on display at the Royal Tattoo in Windsor was formerly with the No 1 Squadron Royal Canadian Airforce.

RAF pilots and navigators trained in Canada during World War II.

Now the Hurricane has its permanent residence at the Yorkshire Air Museum, and has been transported from Elvington, near York to Windsor Castle.

Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force run to their Hawker Hurrican fighter planes at York.
The Hawker Hurricanes were vitally important during the Battle of Britain.

The Hawker Hurricane was designed by Windsor born Sir Sydney Camm in 1934.

Many of the planes were built in nearby Langley, where the Ford factory is now based.

Pilot Andre Tempest, from Yorkshire Air Museum, said there were a number of reasons they had chosen to display the aircraft at the Windsor Tattoo.

"We wanted to display a Hawker Hurricanes because of the links with Windsor," he said.

"It is also the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain."

The Hurricane has been renovated and is in pristine condition for the Tattoo.

"It looks like its ready to take off," said Mr Tempest. "It's all powered up, we've switched the lights on and everything and we've got crew dressed up in uniforms."



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