Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 11, 2005 2:54:55 GMT 12
I'm confused about the replica Hawker Hurricanes in NZ. There are two which are both purported to have been in the film 'Battle of Britain'.
One is on the pole as gate guard to Motat, the otehr is at Omaka and is now in desert colours.
The thing is, the one at Omaka has been reported as being the one at Motat. In Clssic Wings Vol 9 Issue 1 2002, it reports the Hurricane going to Omaka, having previously been with Philip Burns, who'd in turn got it in a derelict condition from Motat after it had been their gate guard.
The Classic Fighetrs website also says this. But there is definately still a Hurricane at motat now, which is still painted in the Keith Park colours ans still on a pole as gate guard. I asked a curator who was showing me around about it, as I'd previously seen the one at Omaka, and he was adament that the motat one was also from the film, and that it had always been there. He knew about the Omaka one and said it was of a different constuction to th Motat one. He said one was made like the real thing inside (Omaka's i think) while the other is more basic as it's a prop.
Does anyone know what the story is? Were they both in the film? I asked this a while back on the FlyPast forum but even the Battle of Britain film experts couldn't answer it.
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 11, 2005 13:42:50 GMT 12
Great photo Chris.
I wonder if perhaps two ex-BofB props were imported into NZ at the same time?
Or if Motat sold this one to Philip Burns and then built another (but I'd think the curator would know that). It's good to see both are in great condition nowadays anyway. I rememebr seeing the Motat one (whichever one it was) in the early 1980's with wings smashed off by vandals and they'd also tried to set it alight from memory.