Hurricane Court takes its name from the Hawker Hurricane fighter aircrafts which were manufactured here in great numbers by Hawker Aircraft during the 1940s. The Hurricane played an instrumental role in winning the Battle of Britain, while also paving the way for the rapid development of transatlantic air travel.
In a dramatic commercial gamble and without a single order on their books, Hawker Aircraft swiftly set up the Langley Factory in 1938 and built 1,000 aircrafts. By 1941 they had taken over all Hurricane production. The final Hawker Hurricane rolled off the production line in July 1944 and many still fly today. You can often spy these impressive machines at air shows and displays around the world, including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
The pioneering spirit of the Hawker Hurricane perfectly encapsulates the development.