A Hawker His­tory Les­son

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The Hawker Hart and its de­riv­a­tives were quite pos­si­bly the great­est war­planes to serve with the Royal Air Force (RAF) be­tween the two world wars. When it first ap­peared in 1928, the Hart sim­ply out­per­formed ev­ery­thing in its class. Af­ter the liq­ui­da­tion of the Sop­with com­pany, Tom Sop­with to­gether with Harry Hawker and a few oth­ers joined to form H. G. Hawker En­gi­neer­ing, the firm that pro­duced this clas­sic line of light bombers. Syd­ney Camm, the chief engi­neer at Hawker, de­signed some of the most aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing high-per­for­mance bi­planes in avi­a­tion his­tory. Al­though pro­duced in peace­time, this se­ries of light bombers would go on to serve through­out the Bri­tish Em­pire, in­clud­ing In­dia and the Mid­dle East, into World War II. But alas, the 1930s were a bit­ter­sweet time in avi­a­tion his­tory for us bi­plane lovers. These mag­nif­i­cent air­planes had reached the pin­na­cle of their type only to be con­sid­ered ob­so­lete a few years later. Imag­ine this test bed for the im­mor­tal Rolls-Royce Mer­lin en­gine with­out its top wing and you can be­gin to see its most fa­mous off­spring: the Hawker Hur­ri­cane.

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