Hawker Hawfinch


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Hawker Hawfinch

Designed by Sydney Camm as a potential successor to the RAF's ageing Siskin fighter, the Hawfinch was built to Specification F.9/26, being one of nine contenders for RAF orders. Flown for the the first time in March 1927, the Hawfinch was of fabric-skinned metal construction, with an armament of twin synchronised 7.7mm Vickers guns and powered by a supercharged nine-cylinder Bristol Jupiter VII radial of 450hp (which replaced a Jupiter VI shortly after the commencement of flight testing). Declared a close runner-up to the Bristol Bulldog, which was selected for RAF service in 1928, the Hawfinch prototype subsequently participated in various experimental programmes, during one of which the original two-bay wing cellules gave place to single-bay cellules, other tests being conducted with a twin-float undercarriage.

Hawker HawfinchA three-view drawing (600 x 419)

  Take-off weight1320 kg2910 lb
  Empty weight873 kg1925 lb
  Wingspan10.21 m34 ft 6 in
  Length7.21 m24 ft 8 in
  Height2.84 m9 ft 4 in
  Wing area27.31 m2293.96 sq ft
  Max. speed275 km/h171 mph

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