A Hawker History Lesson
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.