September 12, 1934
1935 to 1938
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The Hawker Hind served as an interim solution for a light bomber of the Royal Air Force until 1937, better machines such as the Bristol Blenheim and Fairey Battle were available. It was the last RAF double-decker bomber.
The first flight was on September 12, 1934. From 1935, she was delivered in large numbers to the RAF and the Auxiliary Air Force. A total of 558 Hawker Hinds were built, many of them in turn exported.
After being replaced as a light bomber, the machines were used as training aircraft. After a pilot had completed his basic training on a Tiger Moth , the Hind was the next major machine in the training chain. Some hinds were also used for towing gliders .
At the beginning of World War II , many Hinds were still in training until they were retired in 1942.
The Hawker Hind was built in series by Hawkers, Kingston.
Approval of the Hawker Hind by the RAF:
Switzerland received a Hind in 1936. In 1937 four Hinds were delivered to Portugal and three Hinds to Yugoslavia. In 1938 Latvia received three Hind, Afghanistan eight Hind and Iran 18 Hind. In 1939 17 Hinds were delivered to Iran. In addition, the RAF ceded twelve used aircraft to Afghanistan. A further 20 aircraft were built under license by the Iranian Aircraft Factory in Tehran from 1939 onwards. The total production thus amounted to 601 aircraft.
- Afghanistan : 28 from 1938 to 1957
- New Zealand : 78 ordered, but only 63 could be put into service as 15 were destroyed by enemy action during the transfer
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
|Wing area||32.2 m²|
|Empty mass||1530 kg|
|Flight mass||2100 kg|
|Top speed||299 km / h at 5,000 m (16,404 ft ) altitude|
|Service ceiling||8350 m|
|Engine||1 × Rolls-Royce Kestrel V with 649 PS (477 kW)|
|Armament||one 7.7 mm Vickers MG , max. 225 kg bombs|
Today a former Afghan Hawker Hind is still flying in the Shuttleworth Collection . Another is on display at the RAF Museum in Hendon . Three former New Zealand hinds were restored by the Subritzky family in Dairy Flat near Auckland . Other machines still exist in Afghanistan.
- Halley, James J .: The K File. The Royal Air Force of the 1930s, Tunbridge Wells, 1995, pp. 260 ff.
- Wixey, Ken: Hart of the Matter, in: Air Enthusiast 96, pp. 24-33; AE 97, pp. 54-65; AE 98, pp. 57-65
- Andersson, Lennart: Iranian Eagles, in: http://www.artiklar.z-bok.se/english.html