Hawker Osprey “What ifs”

hawker ospreyIn the 1930s, Hawker Aircraft built a number of successful biplane combat aircraft fitted with inline engines. Each new incarnation offered more and more improvements and the experience gained from these machines was ultimately incorporated in to the Hawker Hurricane monoplane fighter – one of the greatest aircraft of all time. The Osprey was a two-seat naval fighter-reconnaissance biplane, developed from the RAF’s Hawker Hart (at this time the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm was still subservient to the RAF) but with additional strengthening for catapult launching, folding wings for storage on board ship and naval equipment. The first prototype flew in 1930 and it entered service with the FAA in 1932. In 1934 one RAF squadron took delivery of four Ospreys for communications work.

A handful were exported to Sweden, Spain and Portugal. With these images I have tried to show how the aircraft may have looked had it been exported further.


 

Imperial Japanese Navy

Hawker Osprey Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force small

VF-6B United States Navy

Hawker Osprey United States Navy VF-6B

Chinese Nationalist Air Force

Hawker Osprey Chinese Nationalist Air Force small

Soviet Union, VVS of the Pacific Ocean Fleet

Hawker Osprey Soviet Union VVS of the Pacifc Ocean Fleet small

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Author: Tony Wilkins

When Man entered the atomic age, he opened a door into a new world. What we’ll eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict.

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