Hawker Hind

 

1st Flight 1934

The Hawker Hind was a British light bomber of the inter-war years produced by Hawker Aircraft for the RAF.

It was developed from the Hawker Hart day bomber introduced in 1931.

Variants

Hind Mk I

Two-seat light bomber aircraft for the RAF, powered by a 477 kW (640 hp) Rolls-Royce Kestrel piston engine.

Afghan Hind

Similar to the Hind Mk I, four aircraft fitted with Rolls-Royce Kestrel V engines, plus another four aircraft fitted with Kestrel UDR engines; eight built for Afghanistan.

Latvian Hind

Two-seat training aircraft, powered by a Bristol Mercury IX radial piston-engine; three built for Latvia.

Persian Hind

Modified version of the Hind Mk I, powered by a Bristol Mercury VIII radial piston-engine; 35 built for Persia.

Portuguese Hind

Similar to the Hind Mk I, two aircraft built as bombers, two aircraft built as trainers; four built for Portugal.

Swiss Hind

Two-seat unarmed communications aircraft; one built for Switzerland.

Yugoslav Hind

Modified version of the Hind Mk I, two aircraft fitted with Rolls-Royce Kestrel XVI piston-engines, one aircraft fitted with a Gnome-Rhone Mistral engine; three built for Yugoslavia.

Specifications

Crew: two

Length: 29 ft 3 in (8.92 m)

Wingspan: 37 ft 3 in (11.35 m)

Height: 10 ft 7 in (3.23 m)

Wing area: 348 sq ft (32.3 m2)

Empty weight: 3,195 lb (1,449 kg)

Max take-off weight: 4,657 lb (2,112 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Kestrel V water-cooled V12 engine, 640 hp (480 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 185 mph (298 km/h, 161 kn) at 15,500 ft (4,700 m)

Stall speed: 45 mph (72 km/h, 39 kn)

Range: 460 mi (740 km, 400 nmi)

Service ceiling: 26,400 ft (8,000 m)

Time to altitude: 8 min 6 s to 10,000 ft (3,000 m)

Armament

Guns: 1 × synchronized forward-firing .303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers gun and 1 × .303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis gun in rear cockpit

Bombs: Up to 510 lb (230 kg) bombs under wings.

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