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Over the last 100 years, the best engineers, scientists, designers and pilots have developed state-of-the-art aircrafts, even under pressure of international political tensions. A series of fighter aircrafts, that flew over Europe and fought in the sky during the great World Wars, served as a benchmark. Not least, these innovations served the civil aviation in peaceful times. Pilots who exposed themselves to the risks of new technologies and relentless dogfights, made the legacy of these pilots and aircrafts immortal.
The “Hurricane“, manufactured by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. for the Royal Air Force, was a single-seat fighter aircraft. It fought in the lurid air battles of World War II and became a legend. The unsung hero of the Battle of Britain was the Hawker Hurricane. During the Allied’s most important air victory, it shot down more enemies down, than any other combat aircraft.
Besides the strong similarities in design, the Hawker Hurricane is sometimes overshadowed by the fame of the well-known Spitfire fighting aircraft. Nevertheless, the Hurricane could really claim to be the most recognized, successful, and reliable aircraft, that brought the Allied air victory during the Second World War.
At no other time, the technological development of jet aircrafts was researched so researched as in the 1950s and 1960s. During this time, the air warfare was facing new challenges; Rough and uneven terrain was a concern for jet planes, that required a certain runway for an adequate take-off.
During this time, the Hawker Siddeley Harrier, also known as “Jump Jet”, became the world’s only true VSTOL (Vertical and / or Short Take-Off and Landing) aircraft
The dial shows a great vividness; Hours, minutes and seconds turn on discs over the hand-made dial on the different levels. The famous profile silhouette of the Harrier vertical starter with its curved wings, spans across the dial of the clock.
Even the tail of the aircraft silhouette is used to point to the minute wheel. The Japanese Miyota movement had to be completely redesigned, to display the time via a set of 3 individual discs, which indicate the time by turning over the dial.
In commemoration of the RAF’s 100th year anniversary, Avi-8 is proud to announce the 1960’s and 1980s edition of the Centenary Flyboy.
Following in the success of the 1920’s and 1940s issues, which have since sold out, the newest releases in this once only drop of Avi-8 timepieces look to be similarly well received.
Utilising the same chassis, and movement each collection nonetheless hints at each decade of aviation achievement.