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7th Nov 2014, 15:13
Petition to keep the last flying Battle of Britain, Hawker Hurricane in Great Britain https://submissions.epetitions.direc...etitions/69283 (https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/69283)

Hurricane Mk I R4118 UP-W (http://www.hurricanedisplay.co.uk/history/)

Hawker Hurricane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hurricane)

7th Nov 2014, 15:55
I can't see a petition prevailing over commercial interests, though it would be a shame to see it leave the UK.

Of course if the 2,500 people who have signed so far stumped up a grand each, they could buy it between them. :O

Genghis the Engineer
7th Nov 2014, 16:13
I'm reminded of the various occasions where the government has intervened to save various artworks from leaving the country.

Personally, I'd be much more worried about seeing a Hawker leaving the UK than a Picasso.


7th Nov 2014, 16:30
It'll simply go to whoever bids the most. Far rarer a/c have been allowed to leave the UK with nary a murmur, - such as airworthy Mosquitos.

Shaggy Sheep Driver
7th Nov 2014, 16:38
Personally, I'd be much more worried about seeing a Hawker leaving the UK than a Picasso.

Me too, but it won't cut much ice with our arty farty establishment.

'Chuffer' Dandridge
7th Nov 2014, 17:06
Since when have petitions been able to affect the sale of a privately owned aircraft?

Waste of time and energy, 'petitions' are not worth the paper they're written on:rolleyes:

I'm sure the owner will take money from whoever pays if he's chosen to sell it.

7th Nov 2014, 19:49
An export licence can be refused if a "cultural object" is "so closely connected with our history and national life that its departure would be a misfortune". http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/media/uploads/pdf/Guidance_for_Exporters_Issue_1_2011_ACE_web_version-1.pdf

Cultural objects include "means of transport more than 75 years old" - that should include aircraft, but it seems that the Hurricane was delivered new in August 1940.

8th Nov 2014, 06:30
Sadly, I agree with Chuffer. A petition is a complete waste of time. After all, it's not as if it is the only Hurricane in the UK.