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Handley Page Hare

HP.34 Hare
Role Two-seat day bomber
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Handley Page
First flight 1928
Retired 1937
Number built 1

The Handley Page HP.34 Hare was a British two-seat high-altitude day bomber designed and built at Cricklewood by Handley Page. It was designed by Harold Boultbee to meet the requirements of Air Ministry Specification 23/25 for a replacement for the Hawker Horsley in the day bomber role,[1] competing against the Blackburn Beagle, Hawker Harrier, Gloster Goring and Westland Witch. The Hare was a conventional biplane, with single-bay unequal span staggered wings and of mixed wood and metal construction (although the specification required that any production aircraft be of all-metal construction). It had a crew of two with the pilot in an open cockpit aft of the wing with a gunner/bomb aimer behind.

Only one aircraft was built, with the serial J8622. It was first flown on 24 February 1928, powered by a Gnome-Rhône Jupiter as the planned Jupiter VIII was unavailable.[2] Testing showed that the aircraft had poor handling and was prone to vibration, and it was modified with a 2 ft (0.61 m) longer fuselage and a revised tail, which improved handling. It was decided to modify the aircraft so that it could be meet the requirements of Specification 24/25 to replace the Horsely in its other role as a shore based torpedo bomber.[3]

The Hare was unsuccessful in meeting both competitions, with the day bomber competition being abandoned in favour of purchasing the more advanced Hawker Hart built to Specification 12/36, while the torpedo bomber requirement was met by the Vickers Vildebeest.[4] It remained in use with the Royal Air Force as a trials aircraft until 1932. It was then sold for a proposed long-distance flight by J.N. Addinsell and registered G-ACEL. The Hare was flown to London Air Park, Hanworth in 1933 where it was redoped and painted in civilian colours. It never flew again and was scrapped in 1937.[5]

Specifications

Data from Handley Page Aircraft since 1907 [6]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 32 ft 2 in (9.81 m)
  • Wingspan: 50 ft 0 in (15.24 m)
  • Wing area: 454 ft2 (42.2 m2)
  • Empty weight: 3,050 lb (1,383 kg)
  • Gross weight: 7,243 lb (3,285 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Jupiter VIII, 485 hp (362 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 152 mph (243 km/h)
  • Range: 1,000 miles (1,609 km)
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,098 m)
Armament
  • Fixed forward firing machine gun
  • Movable machine gun at rear cockpit
  • Bombs or 2,000 lb (907 kg) torpedo
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    External links

    • British Aircraft Directory
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