A pair of replica World War Two fighters have taken up ‘gate guard’ duties at the RAF Museum Hendon. Hawker Hurricane ‘P2725’ ‘TM-B’ and Supermarine Spitfire ‘TB288’ ‘HT-H’ had both been refurbished at Cosford’s Michael Beetham Conservation Centre prior to the move. The pair has been on show at Hendon before – displayed in the museum’s external central square from mid-1990 to January 2017.
The replicas departed the RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire, on April 18, bound for central London. They were temporarily exhibited, along with several other aircraft, outside London’s Guildhall to celebrate the RAF’s 100th ‘birthday’ during a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational weekend that took place on April 20-22. They were transported to Hendon for external display shortly after the event.
The Hurricane has been finished to represent the aircraft used by Flt Lt Ray Holmes of 504 Squadron in the Battle of Britain, and the Spitfire is in 601 (County of London) Squadron markings. Both units were based operationally at RAF Hendon.