A rare and world-first opportunity exists to purchase a piece of war-time history next month. Bonhams & Goodman has consigned a fully restored 1940 Hawker Hurricane MkIIA, a former WWII fighter, for its Military and Aviation Collectables auction on 27 September 2009 in Melbourne. Further entries close Friday 28 August.
One of only eleven airworthy examples worldwide, the Hurricane is a survivor of four major battle campaigns during the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain. She was damaged and repaired several times before being struck by a shell in the winter of 1943 over the Murmansk area of the Russian Tundra. She was recovered from this area in 1991 and Wanaka-based aviation enthusiast, Sir Tim Wallis, purchased the plane a year later.
So Warbirds over Wanaka will no longer have a Hawker Hurricane!