Handley Page H.P.34 Hare


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Handley Page H.P.34 Hare

One prototype flown in 1928. No production.

 ENGINE1 x 450hp Gnome-Rhone Jupiter
  Take-off weight2607 kg5747 lb
  Empty weight1485 kg3274 lb
  Wingspan15.24 m50 ft 0 in
  Length9.80 m32 ft 2 in
  Wing area42.18 m2454.02 sq ft
  Max. speed224 km/h139 mph
  Ceiling5029 m16500 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 2 x 250kg bombs or a torpedo

Barry, 07.04.2016 15:23

Built to meet specification 23 /25 for a high level day bomber to replace the Hawker Horsley, this Harold Boultbee designed craft initially suffered from vibration and poor handling. It was lengthened by two feet and the tail was redesigned. This improved the problem. They also sought to have it fulfil the Horsley's other role of shore based torpedo bomber under spec. 24 /25. In the event it lost out and the R.A.F. picked two different craft to do the work, the bomber being the Hawker Hart and the torpedo bomber the Vickers Vildebeest. The Hare was sold into the civilian market becoming G-ACEL with the intention of being used on a long distance flight. It wasn't and was broken up at London Air Park Hanworth in 1933.


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