A Mostly British Obsession

Hurricane and Rata Flight Day

Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIb and Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

Before picking the car up on Saturday, my friend and I stopped by the Flying Heritage museum to watch them take the Hawker Hurricane and Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata up for a demonstration flight. The Hurricane is a beautiful aircraft, not as pretty as a Spitfire, perhaps, but quite handsome. The Rata is like a pug dog–squashed-nose and barrel-bodied but likable all the same.

The Merlin engine in the Hurry sounds smooth and powerful, where the Rata sounds like a gang of un-muffled big-bore single-cylinder motorcycles.

Please excuse the photos, as always…I use a pocket camera (a digital Casio) which is great for portability, not so hot for photo quality.

Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIb and Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIb and Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIb and Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIb

Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIb

Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIb and Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIb

Hawker Hurricane and Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIb and Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIb

Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIb

Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 Rata

3 Comments

  1. Allie

    Those photos are good for such a little camera. :)

  2. Kevin C.

    Yes, great photos of what seems to be a great day. Yes, the Rata does look cartoonish. I kinda expected to see Bugs Bunny behind the stick. If I was a German, I’d be embarrassed to be shot down by one. Za Stalin!!!

  3. Mad Dog

    Magic! I must get out to the Museum.

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