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Hawker Hurricane/Sea Hurricane - USSR/Russia
Serial: 01 (Z5252) Unit: Northern Fleet Air Force The rear profile for Soviet Hurricane Z5252 as it was on June 2, 1942, still wearing the personal '01' code of Major-General A.A.Kuznetsov, CO of Naval Air Forces, Soviet Northern Fleet. Armed with 82mm diameter RS-82 rocket, as fitted to many Soviet aircraft in the early war years. The Soviets were the first to develop air-launched rockets, and these were highly effective. The RS-82 fitted under the port wing. Initially two were carried under each wing, later increased to three.thee story of this fighter ia as follows: 1) Hawker Hurricane IIb Z5252 was discovered in 2001, when a research group of the Russian Federation of Aviarestoration [Aircraft Restoration Group] found a wartime report while going through the naval archives. 2) The report indicated that a Soviet pilot had made an emergency landing on a small frozen lake to the west of Murmansk. 3) The Hurricane went through the ice before they could retrieve it. 4) The fighter was declared uneconomical to salvage and struck off charge. On August 17, 2003, coincidentally Russian Air Force Day, the Hurricane was finally located. 5) It had taken two years to search several lakes before finding the right one. 6) The team returned in February 2004 with a side-scan sonar, and the images showed that the aircraft was there, complete and apparently in very good condition. 7) A team member dived through the ice and found the Hurricane at a depth of 60ft and at a nose-down angle of 60 Deg. The Hurricane was covered in silt and sat in a 5ft bed of arctic moss, a common aquatic plant found at the bottom of tundra lakes. 8) Video footage showed the rear fuselage and tail still covered in wood and fabric after 60 years! Later, when the video was analyzed, the serial could clearly be seen stenciled on the underside of the tail plane. On seeing this, a decision was made to raise the Hurricane. 9) In October 2004, with the onset of the next winter, the salvage operation was finally begun by an invited group of professional divers from the city of Voronezh. They drove three trucks 1,200 miles, bringing along their metal pontoons and diving gear. 10) On October 13, 2004, the recovery started in less-than- ideal conditions, with a temperature of only 3-4 C above freezing, driving wind, snow flumes and a choppy lake surface. At the bottom of the lake, in poor visibility, a lifting line was connected to the aircraft's centre section. 11) The initial lift fractured the fragile fuselage structure, and the tail, with all the timber structure and fabric, fell away. The recovery was not going as planned, and the conditions were not improving. 12) After the initial lift, the team decided to calm the spirit of the lake by making a sacrificial offering of a bottle of whisky! Less than 3hr later they were presented with perfect diving conditions with the clouds gone, the sun out and the wind dropped to zero. 13) The Hurricane was raised to the surface and pulled to the shoreline. Just as the fighter was about to leave the water, the recovery team discovered that it was still fully armed, with four RS-82 rockets attached to under wing rails. 14) The rails and rockets were quickly detached and left at the water's edge.
Artist: unknown Source: Aeroplane Magazine Source: Sent by Ezz Eldin
Artist: unknown Source: Easy Model Kit
Pilot - CO of Northern Fleet Air Force Gen-Maj A.A.Kuznetsov. Vaenga, September 1941.