I’ve just completed a series of color profiles of Hurricanes and I’m going to explain them here, with links to click on to show the images. I can’t seem to imbed them in this page without making a literal copy, which seems like a bad idea. So here’s literal copy to show what kind of image we’re talking about, and then descriptions and links:
Here’s the first plane, chronologically by subject:
There are four parallel histories here, one, of the exterior colors and camouflage the RAF used on all their airplanes, from 1937 to 1946. Second, the evolution of Hurricanes as a new-build manufactured item from Hawkers, Gloster, etc., in the UK, and Canadian Car and Foundry in Canada. Third, the evolution of Hurricanes in service, as operated, maintained, and repaired. Fourth, the colors and markings specific to Hurricanes.
All this first set use the same “Camouflage” colors, the Temperate Land scheme. (Capitalized? Scheme? I’ll look at my references, there is no end to this stuff.) Other RAF standards, when Hurricane production began were, Tropical Land Scheme, Temperate Sea Scheme, and Tropical Sea Scheme. All of these camouflage schemes applied only to the upper surface of the airplane. The underside finish was the previous, non-camouflage, standard, Aluminum, dope, lacquer or enamel.
Temperate Land colors are Dark Earth, a golden brown, much like a freshly plowed field in UK, and Dark Green, a nice, mature foliage color. On my first visit to the UK, looking out of the airplane window, I saw these same colors spread out in the countryside, and I realize this is precisely what this camouflage was intended to blend in to.
Here are relevant examples:
- Contemporary WWII photo of Hurricane production, in Tropical Land scheme