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HAWKER HIND

The Hawker Hind was developed from the Hawker Hart as a light bomber by Sidney Camm of Hawker Aircraft Limited.

The Hawker Hind was purchased by the RAF as an interim aircraft whilst more modern bombers such as the Fairey Battle were being developed.

The Hind's structure was manufactured from Steel and Duralumin with the wings covered with doped fabric, and powered by a Rolls Royce Kestrel V engine.

The Hawker Hinds improvements on the Hart were a tail wheel instead of a tail skid, a cutaway rear cockpit for better field of view and an improved exhaust system.

The prototype, K2915, made its first flight on the 12th of September 1934 and with a few modifications the first production Hawker Hind flew on the 4th of September 1935.

The Hawker Hind went into service with the RAF in November 1935 and eventually equipped 20 Squadrons.

The Hawker Hind was phased out of front line service by 1937 being replaced by the Fairey Battle and Bristol Blenheim.

At the outbreak of the second World War the Hawker Hind was retained in the Army co-operation role with 613 Squadron prior to being replaced by the Hawker Hector in 1939.

The main role of the Hawker Hind during WWII was as an intermediate training aircraft replacing the Tiger Moth.

Specifications: -
Crew:2 in tandem
Wing Type:Bi-plane
Length:29ft 3in (8.92m)
Wingspan:37ft 3in (11.36m)
Height:10ft 7in (3.23m)
Empty Weight:3,195lb (1452kg)
Max. Weight:4,657lb (2167kg)
Engine:Rolls Royce Kestrel V engine producing 640 hp.
Max. Speed:185mph (298km/h)
Range:430 miles (692km)
Armament: -
Machine Guns:1 x 0.303" Vickers (sync)
Rear Cockpit:1 x 0.303" Lewis
Bombs:Up to 510lb under wings
Variants: -

Hind Mk.I
2 seat light bomber powered by a Rolls Royce Kestrel V 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.

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'K5414' was presented to the Shuttleworth Collection in 1970 and was then restored, flying again on the 17th of August 1981.

The Hind was repainted in 1985 representing 'K5414' of 15 Squadron RAF.

The Hawker Hind 'K5414' is part of the Shuttleworth Collection, based at Old Warden, where it can be seen today.

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