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"One Man's Dream"
Recently presented, by Mrs Pam Winstanley, to the Aviation History Museum (The Bull Creek Collection) is an airworthy 5/8ths scale model of the World War II legend, the Hawker Hurricane.
Arthur Winstanley, who died in January 1998, was a first class flight engineer, an Associate Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Engineer. After World War Two service he studied at the de Havilland Technical School and on graduation worked with the company flying as a test engineer. He joined the British Overseas Airways Corporation and flew in Comet Is and IVs, Constellations, Super Constellations, VC-10s and then the Concorde. He was selected to become one of the Concorde team who carried out that later part of the flight testing, 'hot and cold' trials and ultimately route proving flights for the world's only successful supersonic transport.
In 1981 after 28 years as a flight engineer he retired and started fulfilling his long-term dream, to build and fly his own aircraft. The first stage was to obtain a pilot's licence. He had thousands of hours on multi-engined aircraft but none of it stick time. Arthur decided that he would built a scale replica Hurricane and purchased the plans for the aircraft designed by Fred Sindlinger. While still flying Concordes he bought some of the basic parts in the United States and brought them back with him. It was, he subsequently said 'the only supersonic Hurricane in the world'. By September 1982 work on the project had begun.
Over the next three years work proceeded steadily and as a result of three family visits to Western Australia Arthur and his wife Pam decided to settle there. In 1993 the aircraft was completed and painted in an authentic colour scheme as AF-W (Arthur's initials) of 607 Squadron. Ten years and 7,500 hours had gone into the project when it made its first flight on March 17, 1993.
The aircraft proved to be easy to transport from York to Perth. With the outer wing panels removed it fell within the normal size for road transport and it was bolted back together, and on display, at the Aviation Heritage Museum in just over an hour. Now it looks just right sitting between the museum's Spitfire F-22 and Lancaster B.VII.
Wing Span 25 ft. - 1 ins. Length 19 ft. - 8 ins. Wing Area 102 sq. ft.
Height (Level Flight)
5 ft. - 10 ins. Empty Weight 984 lbs. 447 Kg Gross Weight 1375 lbs. 624Kg Cruise Speed 65% at 6000.ft 165 TAS. 143Kg Max. Speed at Sea Level 200 IAS 174Kg Stall (Flaps Up)
58Km Stall (Flaps 40o) 62 mph 54Km Rate of Climb at Sea Level 1200 fpm Range at 65% Power (28 gals. 30 min. reserve) 500 miles Stressed (Utility Category) 4.4 g. Service ceiling 21,000 ft
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