Hawker Hind

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hawker Hind
Hawker Hind
Hawker Hind
Type: bomber
Design country:

United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom


Hawker Aircraft Ltd.

First flight:

September 12, 1934



Production time:

1935 to 1938

Number of pieces:


The Hawker Hind was a slight British biplane - bomber and later served as a training aircraft .

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.

The Hind had a structure made of steel and duralumin , which was covered with fabric. A 640 hp Rolls-Royce Kestrel V served as the engine .

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:

version 1935 1936 1937 1938 total
Mk.I 3 253 251   507
Trainer       20th 20th
total 3 253 251 20th 527

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.

Military users

Technical specifications

Parameter Data
crew 2
length 9.02 m
span 11.35 m
Wing area 32.2 m²
height    3.1 m
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
Range 692 km
Engine 1 × Rolls-Royce Kestrel V with 649 PS (477 kW)
Armament one 7.7 mm Vickers MG , max. 225 kg bombs

Preserved copies

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.

See also

Web links

Commons : Hawker Hind  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Halley, James J .: The K File. The Royal Air Force of the 1930s, Tunbridge Wells, 1995, pp. 260 ff.
  2. Wixey, Ken: Hart of the Matter, in: Air Enthusiast 96, pp. 24-33; AE 97, pp. 54-65; AE 98, pp. 57-65
  3. Andersson, Lennart: Iranian Eagles, in: http://www.artiklar.z-bok.se/english.html