Hawker F.20/27


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Hawker F.20/27

Precursor of the Hornet and Fury, this experimental single-seat interceptor fighter designed by Sydney Camm to meet the requirements of Specification F.20/27 was flown in August 1928 with a 450hp Bristol Jupiter VII radial. Of metal construction with sharply staggered single-bay wings and a twin-Vickers gun armament, the prototype was re-engined with a 520hp Mercury VI in May 1930. It demonstrated what was, for a fighter fitted with an uncowled radial engine, a very creditable maximum level speed of 325km/h. By this time, however, the F.20/27 specification had prompted Hawker to initiate development of a more advanced fighter as a private venture, and this, owing much to its predecessor, was to emerge as the Hornet in 1929.

Hawker F.20/27A three-view drawing (1302 x 1116)

 MODELF.20/27 (Mercury-engined)
  Take-off weight1429 kg3150 lb
  Empty weight977 kg2154 lb
  Wingspan9.14 m30 ft 0 in
  Length7.17 m24 ft 6 in
  Height2.87 m9 ft 5 in
  Wing area21.18 m2227.98 sq ft
  Max. speed325 km/h202 mph

Redherringz, e-mail, 24.01.2014 20:18

I've not seen a real one but again where we used to live we saw a replica my sons waved and it did a few impromptu aerobatics. I may have a few b&w photos somewhere


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