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With 49 combat sorties, five enemy aircraft destroyed, and being itself shot down during the Battle of Britain, Hawker Hurricane mark 1 R4118 is regarded as the most historic British aircraft to survive in flying condition from the Second World War.
Discovered in 1995 by retired businessman Peter Vacher during a trip to India, R4118 had stood out in the open for 54 years before it was returned to Britain for restoration. Despite its exposure to the elements, the airframe was still in surprisingly good condition and, after a three-year restoration, the aircraft returned to the skies in December 2004.
We had the immense responsibility of filming this historic aircraft for a museum installation.
Afterwards the pilot taxied out and started the rarest Merlin 3 engine which roared with a ferocious rumble.
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