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The Hawker Hector was a British biplane army co-operation and liaison aircraft of the late 1930s, it served with the Royal Air Force and saw brief combat in the Battle of France in May 1940.
The Hector was intended as a replacement for the Hawker Audax army co-operation aircraft.
The design and the building of the prototype was done by Hawker, but production aircraft were built by Westland Aircraft in Yeovil, Somerset.
Because of the demand for Rolls-Royce Kestrel engines required for the Hawker Hind program, an alternative power plant was specified.
Consequently, the 24 cylinder 805 hp (600 kW) Napier Dagger III was used.
The prototype first flew on 14 February 1936 with George Bulman as pilot.
One prototype and 178 production aircraft were built.
Hector Mk I
Two-seat Air Observation Post (AOP), aircraft for the RAF.
29 ft 9.75 in (9.0869 m)
36 ft 11.5 in (11.265 m)
72 in (1.83 m)
Upper wing sweep
31 ft 4 in (9.55 m)
60 in (1.52 m)
Lower wing sweep
10 ft 5 in (3.18 m)
346 sq ft (32.1 m2)
3,389 lb (1,537 kg)
4,910 lb (2,227 kg)
76 in (1.93 m)
1 × Napier Dagger III
24-cylinder air-cooled H-block engine,
805 hp (600 kW)
2-bladed fixed pitch wooden propeller
187 mph (301 km/h, 162 kn) at 6,600 ft (2,000 m)
50 mph (80 km/h, 44 kn)
300 mi (480 km, 261 nmi)
24,000 ft (7,300 m)
Time to altitude
5 minutes 40 seconds to 10,000 ft (3,000 m)
14.2 lb/sq ft (69 kg/m2)
0.17 hp/lb (0.28 kW/kg)
1 × forward-firing .303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machine gun Mk.V
1 × .303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis gun in the rear cockpit on a Hawker mount
Mountings for a camera, flares,
2 × 112 lb (51 kg) bombs (or containers).
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