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Hawker Hunter
HawkerHunterBanking

A Hawker Hunter banking

Description
Role Fighter (later Fighter-bomber)
Crew 1
Passengers 1 (certain models)
First flight 20th July 1951
Entered service 1956
Manufacturer Hawker Siddeley
Produced 1,972
Dimensions
Length 45' 11"
Wingspan 33' 11"
Height 13' 2"
Wing area 349 ft²
Weights
Empty 14,122 lb
Loaded 17,750 lb
Maximum takeoff 24,600 lb
Powerplant
Engine 1 × Rolls-Royce Avon 207 turbojet
Power (each) 10,145 lbf
Performance
Maximum speed 620 kn (715 mph)
Cruising speed
Range 1,650 nmi (1,900 mi) with external fuel
Ceiling 50,000 ft
Rate of climb 17,200 ft/min

The Hawker Hunter is a British transonic service aircraft developed during the 1950s.[1]

HistoryEdit

The origins of the Hunter can be traced back to the Hawker Sea Hawk carrier fighter. ,

DevelopmentEdit

Single SeatersEdit

Two SeatersEdit

In 1953 the design team at Hawker began work on a dual control trainer version as a private venture designated P.1101. This was based on the airframe of the F.4.[2]

ServiceEdit

TriviaEdit

At least 10 F Mk 1s were lost in crashes after running out of fuel, including 5 in one afternoon. This was possibly due to pilots not being given accurate fuel consumption figures.[3]

VariantsEdit

  • Mk 1: First production model, with four 30mm Aden cannon and 7,500 lbst (3,402 kgp) Avon 107. 139 built.[1]
  • Mk 2: Mk 1 with 8,000 lbst (3,629 kgp) Sapphire 102 engine in place of Avon 107. 45 built.[1]
  • Mk 3: P.1067 prototype with aerodynamic improvements and afterburning Avon RA7R engine.
  • Mk 4: Mk 1 with internal wing tanks and drop tank provision. 365 built. [1]
  • Mk 5: Mk 2 with internal wing tanks and drop tank provision. 105 built. [1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. Salamander Books. 2001. ISBN 0 84065 269 1 Page 291
  2. The History of British Military Training Aircraft. Sturtivant, Ray. Haynes Publishing Group. 1987. ISBN 0 85429 579 8 Page 207
  3. Air International Magazine - Classics Compared March 1999

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