Hawker Horsley

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

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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