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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:26 pm 
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I'm sure the Canadian folks who know much more than I can state better facts, but my guess is these Canadian versions were equipped with Packard Merlin 28 power plants and Hamilton Standard propellers. From the photos below it certainly looks that the Ham Stand props were a bit too large for the typical Hawker Hurricane Spinner.

Below is a paragraph from a nice article from Vintage Wings of Canada.
http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/ ... Coast.aspx

"For most young testosterone-fueled, newly-winged pilots of the Second World War, being a fighter pilot was the plum assignment, the glory job, the best of the best - a fighting man with the fastest and the most exciting aircraft of the day. Being chosen to become a Hawker Hurricane pilot of the Royal Canadian Air Force would surely induce the highest excitement levels and the studliest demeanour in a young flyboy. It was a golden opportunity for which there was no downside... unless, of course, you were selected to be a fighter pilot in a Canadian home defence squadron, stationed thousands of miles from the nearest real action. Even the ferry pilots got closer to the action than some of Canada's home defenders. But be as it may, those who found themselves defending the empty skies of Western Canada, did so with panache and professionalism."

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:49 pm 
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In a related question, did any Fairey Battles ever fly with spinners?


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mexchiwa wrote:
In a related question, did any Fairey Battles ever fly with spinners?


Kind of sort of, but not your run of the mill production aircraft. :D This one fitted with a Fairey Monarch P-24 engine. 04-20-1942
https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJn ... narch.html

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Also found this...http://www.airpics.net/photo/R3590-Fair ... ate/8606/L

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And I think that K9370 is the only USAAF marked/operated Battle that Fairy ever made....not the stars under the wings, and the rudder flag stripes! Too cool! From wiki.....


“The engine was test flown in a Fairey Battle, serial K9370, with its first flight taking place on 30 June 1939.[4]

The engine was considered for use in the Hawker Tornado, and K9370 was later shipped to Wright Field in the US, where testing (Project MX-229)[5] was carried out in 1942 with a view to using the potentially 3,000 hp P.24 in the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, a total of around 250 hours of test flying in the Battle being completed at Wright Field before the idea was abandoned. Following cancellation, the engine provided three trouble-free years of service in K9370”

An Engine is at Yeovilton on display. What happened to the plane and engine in the USA?


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Joe Scheil wrote:
...What happened to the plane and engine in the USA?



Ditto, Joe!

New bucket item: Discover at least one remaining bit of K9370


(And to think some believe the Brits never created an aesthetically-pleasing light bomber...)

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Well, as an accomplice in the digression from Hurricanes, the least I can do is make it worth your while:




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