Hawker Horsley

 

1st Flight 1925

The Hawker Horsley was a British single-engine biplane bomber of the 1920s.

It was the last all-wooden aircraft built by Hawker Aircraft, and served as a medium day bomber and torpedo bomber with Britain’s Royal Air Force between 1926 and 1935, as well as the navies of Greece and Denmark.

A total of 124 Horsleys were built, including six aircraft for the Hellenic Naval Air Service and the two related Dantorps built for Denmark.

Specifications

Crew: 2, pilot and bomb-aimer/gunner

Length: 38 ft 10 in (11.84 m)

Wingspan: 56 ft 5+3⁄4 in (17.215 m)

Height: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)

Wing area: 693 sq ft (64.4 m2)

Empty weight: 4,760 lb (2,159 kg) (4,958 lb (2,249 kg) for torpedo bomber)

Gross weight: 7,800 lb (3,538 kg) (9,270 lb (4,200 kg) for torpedo bomber)

Fuel capacity: 230 imp gal (280 US gal; 1,000 L)

Powerplant: 1 × Rolls Royce Condor IIIA water-cooled V12 engine, 665 hp (496 kW)

Propellers: 2-bladed Watts wooden propeller, 14 ft 6 in (4.42 m) diameter

Performance

Maximum speed: 125 mph (201 km/h, 109 kn) at 6,000 ft (1,800 m)

Range: 900 mi (1,400 km, 780 nmi)

Endurance: approx. 10 hr

Service ceiling: 14,000 ft (4,300 m)

Time to altitude: 14 min 20 s to 10,000 ft (3,000 m)

Armament

Guns:

1 × forward-firing .303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers machine gun

1 × rear-mounted .303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis Gun

Bombs: 1,500 lb (680 kg) bomb load or 1 × torpedo.

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