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HURRICANE R4118: The Great Battle of Britain Survivor [Hardcover]

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One of Peter Vacher's great passions in life is restoring Rolls-Royce motor cars. In March 1982 he was travelling in India on research when quite by chance in the grounds of a northern university he stumbled on the rusting remnants of an aircraft. It was a British plane, but unrecognizable. Peter was intrigued.

Initially thinking it was a Spitfire, he managed to get the serial number from which he obtained confirmation that it was in fact a Mark I Hurricane, R4118, which had flown in the Battle of Britain! For years he did nothing but the fantastic idea of bringing it back to England and seeing it fly again stayed at the back of his mind.

In 1996 he decided to act and made an offer to buy the remains. In 1997 the offer was accepted. There then followed six years of wrangling, committees, red tape, Indian Air Force involvement, and much patient lobbying before in 2002 Peter was given 24 hours to remove the plane. Then the truly difficult process began of restoration - a worldwide search for parts, careful reconstruction, flight testing, and finally, finally airborne again. This is truly an amazing story, a dream come true, documented in words and pictures as it happened.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7.5" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   1.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Grub Street
ISBN  1904943071  
ISBN13  9781904943075  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Vacher is the noted author of Hurricane R4118. He was born in London during the Blitz and was educated at Marlborough College. He is an expert at restoring cars and aircraft and has spent time touring India where he has become friends with the Maharajahs. After spending some time living in Australia, where he also learned to fly, he returned to England. He currently owns a Battle of Britain Hurricane and lives in England with his wife Polly and three sons. Peter spent years in India researching the background for "The History of the Jodhpur Flying Club."

Peter Vacher was born in 1937.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Europe > England > General
2Books > Subjects > History > Military > General
3Books > Subjects > History > Military > World War II > General
4Books > Subjects > History > Military Science
5Books > Subjects > History > World > Transportation > Aviation
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Transportation > Aviation > General

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The find of an important aircraft!  Mar 27, 2006
This is a great story of a mans desire to gain posession of this "Hawker Hurricane #R4118" fighter. It makes for a very interesting read to follow along the frustrating path he must take to aquire this rare plane. The book details the pilots who flew this exact plane and their missions during the Battle of Britain era. It also covers the incredible restoration of this fighter back to flying status, with plenty of color photos throughout. A great book for anyone interested in WWII aircraft or restoration. I really enjoyed it!

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