Made famous by its success in the “Battle of Britain”, the Hurricane is still close to the hearts of many English aviation enthusiasts. Hurricanes and Spitfires (there were significantly less Spitfires involved at this time) were the protectors of the British Isles during the Summer of 1940. The Germans threw their full effort into gaining control of the skies over England and, despite their far superior numbers, they simply could not break the back of the Royal Air Force’s Fighter Command. Without complete control of the air, the Third Reich could not attempt their cross channel ground attack, and thus England was saved from occupation. This decisive battle was won almost solely by Hurricanes and Spitfires. Although the Spitfire is basically an all-metal airplane, the Hurricane was from an earlier generation and featured judicious use of wood-and-fabric construction in its fuselage. There were over 14,000 Hurricanes built in England and Canada, and they fought valiantly all over the world.