The "Hurry"

February 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Donald “Bunny” McLarty Hawker Hurricane Mk IVThe Donald “Bunny” McLarty Hawker Hurricane Mk IV After the New Year one of my projects is to go through my photographs, organize my catalogs and back up everything to external hard drives and start with new backups.  In the process I remove some folders from my laptop to free up space and archive them.


One of the folders I went through yesterday was the Airshow in Geneseo in 2013. I was reminiscing about how great it was to see this plane, The Donald “Bunny” McLarty Hawker Hurricane Mk IV. As the last Mk IV in existence it was pretty special to see. I've been taking photos at the airshow since the first one here in Geneseo, (back when I was still using film!). While the Spitfire and the P-51 are the "golden children" (and planes I have many photo of) I enjoy the usually unsung aircraft, the Corsair, Thunderbolt, Bearcat and of course the Hurricane.


I sometimes edit the photos using presets and textures in layers to create a more nostalgic feel to the photos, attempting to capture the time when these planes were the masters of the skies. This is one of those edits of a shot from when the plane was sitting on the flightline at the airshow. Later in the day it flew with the Avro Lancaster MK. X a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber designed and built by Avro for the Royal Air Force from the Canadian Warplane Heritage , and the Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI of Vintage Wings of Canada.

This plane is from the Vintage Wings of Canada in Quebec.  This is the write up about the plane from their website.


The Spitfire will forever be associated in the public's mind with the Battle of Britain, but it was the Hawker Hurricane that shouldered the lion's share of the fighting and the eventual victory during that titanic aerial struggle. Day after day, the exhausted RAF and Commonwealth pilots from 32 Hurricane-equipped squadrons rose from the airfields of East Anglia to meet and eventually defeat the Luftwaffe, thereby making this aircraft forever synonymous with the “Few”.
The “Hurry” was a design of many firsts for the Royal Air Force. The Hurricane was the first monoplane fighter aircraft of the RAF, its first fighter with both an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear as well as the first to exceed 300 mph in level flight. While it may have been first, it proved to be an exceptional design which could be adapted to just about any role needed from a single seat aircraft, from interceptor to naval reconnaissance to ground attack. The Hurricane Mk 4 of Vintage Wings of Canada is painted in the markings of RAF 6 Squadron, “The Flying Tin Openers”, which operated the Hurry in the “tank- busting” and ground attack role. Many Canadian pilots flew the cannon-equipped tank-buster variant with 6 Sqn. on operations in North Africa.

NIKON D7000, Shutter Speed  1/320 s,  f/9, ISO 100, Exposure Bias Value  -0.67 eV,  Metering Mode Pattern, Focal Length 10 mm, Date/Time Original 7/13/2013 10:51:46 AM. Edited in On1 Perfect Photo Suite, and ACDSee Pro.

 


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