Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Hawker Tomtit, Hawker Fury, Hawker Hart, Hawker Audax and Hawker Hind

Canadian Warplanes of the Biplane Era, Hawker Tomtit, Hawker Fury, Hawker Hart, Hawker Audax and Hawker Hind

Data current to 17 Dec 2018.

Hawker Tomtit, RCAF (Serial No. 140).  (RCAF Photo)

Hawker Tomtit, RCAF (Serial No. 140).  None are preserved in Canada.  (RCAF Photos courtesy of the Shearwater Air Museum)

Hawker Tomtit (2), (Serial No. 139 and 140).

Hawker Fury, RAF (Serial No. K2900), No. 1 Squadron,  warming up, Rockcliffe, Ontario, 14 July 1934.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3580856)

Hawker Fury, RAF (Serial No. K2901), No. 1 Sqn, Rockcliffe, Ontario, 28 June 1934.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3521020)

Hawker Hart, RCAF (Serial No. K3012), 14 Apr 1937.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3642454)

Hawker Hart, RCAF (Serial No. K3012), after a crash landing.  (Serial No. K3012).  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581144)

Hawker Hart, RCAF (Serial No. K3012), 14 Apr 1937.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3256159 and 3582961)

  

Hawker Hart, RCAF (Serial No. K3012), 1937.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3574051 and 3581143)

Hawker Hart (3), (Serial Nos. A82 (ex K3752), A92 (ex K4757), (Serial No. K3012).

 

Hawker Audax Mk. I.  (RAF Photo)

Hawker Audax on skis, RCAF, 20 Mar 1935.  (Library and Archives Canada Photos, MIKAN No. 3580891 and 4731278)

Hawker Audax, RAF, Rockcliffe, Ontario, ca 1935.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4731365)

Hawker Audax (6), (biplane), (Serial Nos. A77-A81), (Serial No. K3100).

 

Hawker Hind (Serial No. L7180).  This aircraft was built in 1937 as a light bomber for the RAF.  It was one of nineteen Hinds donated to the Royal Afghan Air Force in 1939.  It served this air force in the 1940s and was then used as a training airframe (a teaching aid for mechanics and ground crews) in the 1950s.  In 1974, an interest in collecting a significant military biplane from the interwar era led the Museum to enquire whether any Hinds remained in Afghanistan.  The Afghan government located this Hind in a Kabul junkyard and, after some negotiation, the country's President donated it to Canada as a means of furthering relations between the two countries.  Alfred J. Shortt, Assistant Curator, and W. Merrikin, Chief Restoration Officer, travelled to Kabul in October 1975 to disassemble the aircraft and help the Canadian Forces load it onto a transport aircraft. The Hercules arrived at Ottawa's Uplands airport in November  1975.  The Hind was trucked to Rockcliffe airport to await restoration, which was undertaken by George Neal in Toronto in 1984.  The work was completed in 1988 and the aircraft was returned to the Museum.  (CA&SM)