Hawker Hurricane IIB BE505, G-HHII
The Hawker Hurricane IIB BE505, known as ‘Pegs’, is the only airworthy two-seater of this classic wartime fighter. Designed by Sir Sydney Camm, the Hurricane first flew in 1935 and was a versatile and reliable aircraft, despite being overshadowed by the Spitfire. Of the 14,000 Hurricanes built, only 16 remain airworthy due to the extensive restoration required.
BE505 was built in 1942 and was later acquired by collector Jack Arnold in the 1970s. It was restored to flight by Hawker Restorations in 2005. In 2007, Peter Teichman of the Hangar 11 Collection purchased the aircraft and had it finished as a Hurricane IIb, known as ‘Hurribombers’. The aircraft was flown at airshows across Europe for several seasons.
In 2017, Hawker Restorations reacquired G-HHII with plans to convert ‘Pegs’ to a two-seater, a first for this type of aircraft. The conversion, completed in 2020, retained the traditional Hurricane lines. In 2022, ‘Pegs’ won first place at the Goodwood Revival ‘Freddie March Spirit of Aviation’ concours. It is now operated for passenger flights by Hurricane Heritage at White Waltham Airfield in Berkshire.