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01-18-2007, 09:18 AM
Can't find a great deal about this a/c on the web so I wonder if anyone here can fill in a few details...

As a 1938 is this the year they were ordered and if so, were the 3 bladed props fitted from manufacture in england, on arrival in Finland or a retrograde addition later in war?

Were they fabric or metal skinned wing?

And what was the rated power of the merlin engline installed and did the Finns have the use of 100+ octane fuels to help keep the Hurris vaguely competetive (like the BoB period)RAF Hurricanes?

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01-18-2007, 09:29 AM

Just quickly flicking through the pages of Hurricane/Messerschmitt by Chaz Bowyer and Armand Van Ishoven....

All the photos of 1938 Hurris have 2 bladed props. So I guess they must have been fitted retrospectively.

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01-18-2007, 09:33 AM
Try this.
http://www.sci.fi/~fta/hu-fin-1.htm (http://www.sci.fi/%7Efta/hu-fin-1.htm)

01-18-2007, 09:58 AM
They had 3-blade props at least in numerous photos. My source seems to indicate De Havilland Hamilton 5000 (not CSP but a two position, take-off and cruise) prop
At least two of the Hurricanes (HC-454 and HC-456) had fabric covered wings that resulted in problems and in the end they got a speed limitation.

Engine was Merlin III.

Initially they wanted to get more Hurricanes for example from Germany but after seeing Brewster they quickly canceled the the inquiries and actually tried to sell their Hurricanes to Romanians using Germans as middle men.

It was considered slow, clumsy and underpowered, due to the 8 MGs in the wings it had abysmal roll. It was slow to accelerate in the dive. It was easy to fly and did not get out of control.

For the meagre 5 1/2 kills they achieved it was not thought very highly of. The captured Mk II did not receive any more appraisal, according to Russian POWs, the Russians considered it an odd bird too. True cr@p plane http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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