Battle of Britain Hurricane will remain in the UK (Shuttleworth
Collection Press release October 7th, 2015)
that the sole surviving Hawker Hurricane from the Battle of Britain
would be sold to an international buyer were allayed today, with the
announcement that the aircraft has been purchased by a British
software entrepreneur James Brown is the new owner of Hawker
Hurricane Mk 1 R4118, ensuring that this unique Battle of Britain
veteran remains in the UK.
new to 605 Squadron in August 1940, R4118 flew 49 operational
sorties during the Battle of Britain, shooting down five enemy
aircraft before being shot down itself. After a meticulous
restoration by previous owner Peter Vacher, the aircraft is now
regarded as the most historic British aircraft to survive in flying
condition from the Second World War.
his purchase, James Brown said: “R4118 is a remarkable survivor
from the Battle of Britain. When I heard the aircraft was on
the market, I knew it was critical that this unique piece of
Britain’s history remained in the UK, so I’m very pleased to
have been able to achieve that.
goal is to ensure that the Hurricane remains in the pristine
condition that Peter [Vacher] has returned it to and that it
continues to be a regular feature at British air shows for many
years to come. Thanks to Peter’s efforts to return R4118 to
flying condition, the aircraft commands huge affection from the
British public and I’m proud to be able to play a part in her
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.
on the sale, Peter Vacher said “R4118 has been a huge part of my
life for many years, but I have other projects that I’m keen to
focus on and it’s time for a new owner to take on the mantle. I’m
delighted that James’s purchase means not only that R4118 will
remain in the UK, but that it will be cherished by a true enthusiast”.
has been moved to its new home
at Old Warden Aerodrome, Bedfordshire where it will be placed on
public display within the hangars of the Shuttleworth Collection.
Routsis, Aviation Trustee for The Collection, said that “the
aircraft’s historical significance would make it of particular
interest to visitors, and Old Warden felt very privileged to have
been chosen as the place people can come to see it on display.”
As well as continuing its participation in major airshows nationwide
throughout 2016, it is hoped that the aircraft will also become a
regular participant at Shuttleworth Collection events alongside its
Old Warden stablemate, Sea Hurricane Mk 1B Z7015.