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A Breed Apart
The Battle of Britain is frequently associated with the Spitfire, but the Hurricane played a major role in this battle. On August 8th, 1940, the RAF could call on 32 squadrons of Hurricanes and 19 squadrons of Spitfires.
The Last Of The Many - Hurricane and Spitfire
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Therefore, the Hurricane was the dominant British plane in this battle.Though slower than the Spitfire, the Hurricane developed a reputation as a plane that could take more than a few hits from the Germans and continue to fly. The Spitfire was a thoroughbred horse; a superb fighter until it was damaged. The Hurricane, though less graceful and slower than the Spitfire, was more a shire horse; incredibly strong and capable of taking many hits before it was taken out and loved by all who flew it. The Hurricane in this painting was the last to be produced and aptly named 'The Last Of The Many'.