Handley Page HP.67 Hastings

The Handley Page HP.67 Hastings was a British troop carrier and freight transport aircraft designed and manufactured for the Royal Air Force.

Upon its introduction to service during September 1948, the Hastings was the largest transport plane ever designed for the service.

Variants

HP.67 Hastings

Prototype, two built.

HP.67 Hastings C1

Production aircraft with four Bristol Hercules 101 engines, 94 built all later converted to C1A and T5.

HP.67 Hastings C1A

C1 rebuilt to C2 standard

HP.67 Hastings Met.1

Weather reconnaissance version for Coastal Command, six built.

HP.67 Hastings C2

Improved version with larger-area tail plane mounted lower on fuselage, increased fuel capacity and powered by Bristol Hercules 106 engines, 43 built and C1s were modified to this standard as C1As.

HP.95 Hastings C3

Transport aircraft for the RNZAF, similar to C2 but had Bristol Hercules 737 engines, four built.

HP.94 Hastings C4

VIP transport version for four VIPs and staff, four built.

HP.67 Hastings T5

Eight C1s converted for RAF Bomber Command with ventral radome to train V bomber crews on the Navigation Bombing System (NBS).

Specifications

Crew

Five

Capacity

50 troops

Or

35 Para troops

Or

32 stretchers and 29 sitting wounded.

20,311 lb (9,213 kg) maximum payload

Length

81 ft 8 in (24.89 m)

Wingspan

113 ft 0 in (34.44 m)

Height

22 ft 6 in (6.86 m)

Wing area

1,408 sq ft (130.8 m2)

Aspect ratio

9.08:1

Airfoil

NACA 23021 at root,

NACA 23007 at tip

Empty weight

48,472 lb (21,987 kg) (equipped, freighter)

Max take-off weight

80,000 lb (36,287 kg)

Fuel capacity

3,172 imp gal (14,420 l; 3,809 US gal)

Powerplant

4 × Bristol Hercules 106 14-cylinder two-row air-cooled radial engines, 1,675 hp (1,249 kW) each

Propellers

4-bladed de Havilland constant speed, 13 ft 0 in (3.96 m) diameter

Performance

Maximum speed: 348 mph (560 km/h, 302 kn) at 22,200 ft (6,800 m)

Cruise speed: 291 mph (468 km/h, 253 kn) at 15,200 ft (4,600 m) (weak mixture)

Range

1,690 mi (2,720 km, 1,470 nmi) (maximum payload),

4,250 mi (3,690 nmi; 6,840 km)

(Maximum fuel, 7,400 lb (3,400 kg) payload)

Service ceiling

26,500 ft (8,100 m)

Rate of climb

1,030 ft/min (5.2 m/s)

Time to altitude

26 minutes to 26,000 ft (7,900 m)

Take-off run to 50 ft (15 m)

1,775 yd (5,325 ft; 1,623 m)

Landing run from 50 ft (15 m)

1,430 yd (4,290 ft; 1,310 m).

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