Hawker Hurricane C/N 60372, C-FDNL, Mk XII / IIB Serial No 5481 has arrived at Scone NSW after a lengthy boat trip from Canada via the Panama Canal and New Zealand. The aircraft was unpacked from its shipping container on the 7th of April 2014. It had been very carefully packed and shipped on a purpose built steel cradle with the fuselage and wings wrapped in padding and plastic membrane. The propellor and tail surfaces were individually boxed.
The Hurricane is currently painted to represent P2970 as flown by pilot Officer Geoffrey Page circa 1940, however there is no decision yet as to what color scheme the aircraft will be wearing in Australia or even if it will change at all.
Following assembly, necessary maintenance and refurbishment the aircraft will be test flown and placed upon the Australian register. It is the owner’s intention to have the Hurricane looking its best before it flies in Australia so it may be some time before the Hurricane takes to our skies. The owner of the Hurricane has placed the aircraft into the care of Pay’s Air Service and Ross Pay and the team at Scone are very excited to have the Hurricane finally in Australia.
We will continue to monitor the progress of the Hawker Hurricane 5481 and will be there to cover her first flight. So stay tuned for more news about this exciting aircraft on the local Warbird scene.
© John Parker 2014