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Handley Page HP.14

HP.14 / Type R/200
Role Carrier Based Reconnaissance Aircraft
Manufacturer Handley Page
First flight 1917
Status Prototype
Number built 3

The Handley Page HP.14, also designated Handley Page R/200 was a prototype British naval reconnaissance aircraft of the First World War, capable of operating from the decks of the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers or as a floatplane. Only three were built, the Parnall Panther being preferred.

Design and development

The R/200 was designed in 1917 to meet an Admiralty requirement for a two-seat reconnaissance-fighter capable of operating either as a floatplane or from the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers, the flush deck HMS Argus and the part converted cruiser HMS Furious. The R/200 was a small single-bay biplane powered by a 200 hp (149 kW) geared Hispano-Suiza 8 V-8 engine with a frontal radiator. Handley Page received an order for six prototypes in summer 1917.[1]

The first two prototypes, fitted with floats were flown in December 1917, with the third prototype, fitted with a wheeled undercarriage flying in February 1918. Test results were poorer than the competing Parnall Panther, and as Handley Page was concentrating on production and development of the O/400 and V/1500 heavy bombers, the remaining three prototypes, together with a prospective production order for 20 aircraft were cancelled in March 1918.[2]

Specifications (R/200) (landplane)

Data from Handley Page Aircraft Since 1907 [3]

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References

  1. ^ Barnes 1976, pp. 117-118.
  2. ^ Barnes 1976, pp. 120-121.
  3. ^ Barnes 1976, p.121.
  4. ^ a b c Bruce 1957, p. 280.
  • Barnes, C. H. Handley Page Aircraft Since 1907. London: Putnam, 1976. ISBN 0-370-00030-7.
  • Bruce, J.M. British Aeroplanes 1914–18. London:Putnam, 1957.

External links

  • British Aircraft Directory R/200
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