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A mid-production Hurricane Mk I. “A” pattern camouflage. Underside finished in Aluminum but outer wing panels are black on port side and white on starboard. De Havilland 2 position prop (their build of the Ham.-Std patent), ejector exhausts, anti-spin strake and rudder extension. Port profile.
de Havilland’s metal prop and related hydraulics weighed 350lb more than the Watts wooden prop, but offered a fine (for acceleration from low speed) and coarse (for high speed) settings. With a takeoff speed under 100mph and a maximum speed above 300mph, the Hurricane with a fixed pitch prop was like an automobile with one gear from 20mph to 60. Unresponsive and twitchy at low speed, screaming like a banshee, unnecessarily, at top speed.
The camouflage pattern looked quite different from port side than from starboard, intended to disrupt the outlines of multiple planes parked on the ground. The “B” scheme was the mirror image of the “A” scheme, so that a line of planes parked in a single direction wouldn’t all look exactly the same.
At the beginning of the war, the “Dark Green” area was always painted Dark Green and the “Dark Earth” always painted Dark Earth, but in the later part of the war, colors were sometimes seen reversed, particularly if re-applied or revised in the field.