THE only Hurricane that fought in the Battle of Britain and is still flying today is up for sale for £2.5 million ($4 million) – more than 30 years after it was found as scrap in India.
The aircraft, which regularly takes part in flypasts, was restored by a vintage car buff who discovered the wreck by chance while seeking old Rolls-Royces.
But retired businessman Peter Vacher is now selling the 1940 Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 through an American dealer, fueling fears that it could be lost to Britain.
Hurricane R4118 flew 49 combat sorties during the worst days of the fighting and shot down five enemy aircraft.
Hurricanes, alongside Spitfires, were at the center of the country’s heroic defense of the skies in 1940 and had a crucial role until the end of the war, but the vast majority were then scrapped.
Mr Vacher, 72, said: ‘This Hurricane is a one-off. There is no other British plane like it from the Battle of Britain that is flying today. It was a labor of love to recover and restore it and I have enjoyed watching it fly for the past ten years.