Hawker Hind
1934
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Hawker Hind

The rapidly changing world of the 1930s forced the British government to take stock of its defences in relation to the growing military capability of Germany. In 1933 Winston Churchill warned Parliament of Germany's latest path and by 1935 expansion programmes for the British armed forces had been agreed. The Hind light bomber was one of the types produced for quick delivery to the RAF, based on the Hart and therefore needing little new development, although a number of improvements were introduced as the result of long experience with the Hart.

The first prototype was in fact a modified Hart and first flew on 12 September 1934 at Brooklands. Production covered no less than 528 aircraft, although with the delivery of modern monoplane bombers a number of the final Hinds on the production lines for the RAF were completed as dual-control trainers, a new role which many were eventually to fulfil. Records show that from even the first batch of 20 Hinds, General Aircraft was later to convert nine into trainers. Nine foreign users of the Hind (new and ex-RAF aircraft) included Latvia, New Zealand, Persia and South Africa.

Hawker Hind


Specification 
 ENGINE1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel V, 477kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight2403 kg5298 lb
    Empty weight1475 kg3252 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan11.35 m37 ft 3 in
    Length9.02 m30 ft 7 in
    Height3.23 m11 ft 7 in
    Wing area32.33 m2348.00 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed299 km/h186 mph
    Ceiling8045 m26400 ft
    Range692 km430 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 220kg of bombs

3-View 
Hawker HindA three-view drawing (678 x 546)

Comments
Dave Griffiths, 30.04.2012

I have a propeller with a brass plate on thar reads;
WATTS B 4 11
KESTREL 11 S RH
D.10.75 P.12.13
C1795 MAY
41512 1936
Trying to fine exatly which aircraft its off

JJ, 23.04.2010

Correct, Aviastar. Neither did Gladiators have an axle between the undercarriage, V-shaped undercarriage legs, N-shaed inter plane struts, an open cockpit or carry a gunner! Gladiator, my eye. For the record - no RAF operated Hind/Hart variants were radial engined but radial engined aircraft were built for a number of other countries including Persia, Iraq, Egypt, Sweden and Latvia. ONe of the Swedish machines is still extant: http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/photos/detail_hart_01.jpg

www.aviastar.org, 25.07.2009

To Tim:

You are wrong, it's a Persian Hind (source: Hawker Aircraft since 1920)

Tim, 29.05.2008

I think the top photo is not of a Hind but of a Gloster Gladiator. None of the Hawker bi-plane bombers were radial engined.

Nelson Smith, 08.12.2006

I'm looking for the "leading particulars" for this aircraft. Can you help me?

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