Photo of the Day: Oct. 19, 2012 (Buy a WWII Fighter Edition)

A Hawker Hurricane Mk XIIa 5711 (G-HURI) fighter aircraft returns from performing an aerobatic display at the IWM Duxford on October 18, 2012 in Duxford, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Ever wanted to own a WWII era fighter? Have 1.7 million quid to spare?  This fully restored (and flight ready) Hawker Hurricane is up for action in December.  Follow after the break for images of this beauty in flight…

From Getty:

The aeroplane, similar to those that defended British shores during the Battle of Britain in World War II, is due to be auctioned by Bonhams in their sale of ‘Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia’ at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands on December 3, 2012.  The plane was built in 1942 and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force the following year, where it remained for the duration of the war, it is expected to fetch up to 1.7 million GBP.

And oh yes, it can still fly (see below).

I thought for Vintage Friday we couldn’t do better than an ownable piece of history.  The Hawker is most famous for its role in the Battle of Britain, where it represented a large number of kills for RAF pilots.  All images come from Getty staff photographer Oli Scarff.

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Zach is the State Department correspondent, cyberwarfare, research & development and business reporter for Defense News.
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