Когда в 1927 году Министерству авиации потребовался простой учебно-тренировочный самолет для замены устаревшего Avro Type 504, Сидни Кэмм спроектировал изящный двухстоечный биплан с одинаковым размахом крыльев. Самолет имел традиционную аэродинамическую схему,
открытые тандемные кабины для инструктора и курсанта, неубирающееся шасси с хвостовым костылем и звездообразный двигатель Armstrong Siddeley Mongoose. Прототип нового самолета совершил первый полет в ноябре 1928 года. Силовая конструкция самолета была металлической, обшивка - из полотна. Спустя три месяца после первого полета британские ВВС заказали 25 самолетов (включая прототип) для Центральной летной школы и 3-й летной школы. Два экземпляра были поставлены также Канаде и четыре - Новой Зеландии. В британских ВВС самолеты Tomtit Mk I поступили на вооружение в 1930 году, но с 1932 года были заменены самолетами Avro Tutor, после чего использовались только в качестве связных. В конце 1935 года большинство самолетов были списаны, так как их оказалось больше требуемого количества. Пять самолетов приобрели частные владельцы, выбравшие различные варианты силовой установки мощностью от 105 л.с.до 198 л.с.
Hawker Tomtit Mk I
Тип: двухместный самолет базовой летной подготовки
Силовая установка: один звездообразный ПД Armstrong Siddeley Mongoose IIIC мощностью 150 л.с. (112 кВт)
Летные характеристики: максимальная скорость на уровне моря 200 км/ч; начальная скороподъемность 305 м/мин; набор высоты 3050 м - за 14 мин 30 с; практический потолок 5945 м; дальность 563 км
Масса: пустого 499 кг; максимальная взлетная 794 кг
Размеры: размах крыльев бипланной коробки 8,71 м; длина 7,21 м; высота 2,54 м; площадь крыльев 22,09 м2
Flight, January 1929
THE NEW HAWKER "TOMTIT" TRAINING MACHINE
Armstrong-Siddeley "Mongoose" Engine
DESIGNED for a competition held by the Air Ministry for a training machine for use in the Royal Air Force, the new Hawker low-power biplane which we illustrate this week is of interest in that it incorporates a number of features and equipment not usually found on such low-powered aircraft. In addition, the machine is of all-metal construction throughout, except for the fabric covering.
A normal biplane in aerodynamic design, the Hawker machine is characterised by a very pronounced stagger, the chief object of which is to provide good view from both cockpits, as well as to make it possible for the occupant of the front seat to make effective use of his parachute. The forward placing of the top plane and the cut-out in its trailing edge leave the space free above the front cockpit. To make up for the heavy stagger, the wings are given a slight sweepback.
A complete set of instruments is fitted in each cockpit, so that both instructor and pupil is well equipped, and include Reid turn indicators of special type so as to make the machine suitable for teaching pupils to fly in darkness or cloud. A special hood is also provided which shuts out all view from the cockpit, the object being to teach a pupil to fly by instruments entirely. Handley Page automatic slots are fitted, and it is reported that the machine cannot be made to spin when these are in operation. (The first test flights were made with the slots locked in the closed position.)
The Hawker training machine has a steel tube fuselage, the longerons being of the typical Hawker type in which flats are formed on the round tubes at the points of the strut attachments in order to allow simple plate fittings to be used.
The wings have steel tube spars of a type evolved by the Hawker company, formed from a large-diameter circular-section tube, the section of which has been changed into one that may be described as resembling a double figure-of-eight.
The engine fitted in the Hawker training machine is an Armstrong-Siddeley "Mongoose" of 120 h.p. This, as our readers will probably know, is a 5-cylinder radial air-cooled engine, with cylinders and pistons similar to those of the "Jaguar" and "Lynx" engines. The petrol feed is by gravity from a tank in the deck fairing ahead of the front cockpit.
Flight, June 1929
BRITISH AIRCRAFT AT OLYMPIA
THE H. G. HAWKER ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
OF the three complete aircraft to be exhibited on the Hawker stand one will be the "Tomtit" two-seater training machine, while the other two will be a "Hart" day-bomber and a "Hornet" single-seater interception fighter, respectively. Air Ministry restrictions prevent a very detailed reference to the two military types, particularly the "Hornet."
The Hawker "Tomtit" is a two-seater training machine designed on very advanced lines inasmuch as it not only possesses a high performance for its power, but also includes in its equipment features not hitherto met with in a normal training machine. Chief among the novel features of the "Tomtit" must be classed the special equipment for teaching pupils to fly entirely "by instruments." To allow of this being done without possibility of the pupil "cheating" by glancing over the side, the pupil's cockpit is provided with a special type of hood which the instructor can pull over the cockpit, thereby entirely shutting off the pupil's view. That done, the pupil is compelled, if the instructor hands over the controls to him, to rely entirely on the instruments to guide him.
With the equipment supplied with the normal training machine this would be impossible, but in the "Tomtit" a special Reid patent turn indicator is provided, which shows the pilot whether or not he is maintaining a straight course. The smallest deviation is at once felt by the turn indicator, and the pilot is informed by the instrument not only that he is deviating from his course, but also whether he is turning to right or left. Inclinometers tell the pilot whether or not he is on an even keel, and of course the usual instruments, such as airspeed indicator and engine revolution counter, inform the pilot exactly what his machine and engine are doing.
This form of flying instruction has not previously been given in Great Britain, although in France and elsewhere work along the same lines has been carried out. The introduction of a special type of Reid turn indicator has made "blind flying" instruction possible on relatively small machines. The object of teaching flying entirely by instruments is, of course, to accustom the pilot to fly his machine when visibility is at a minimum, such as at night or in clouds and fog, without a natural horizon to guide him. In the "Tomtit" a special floodlight system of dashboard illumination has been installed for use when the pupil's cockpit is covered by the hood.
General features of the Hawker "Tomtit" are: heavily staggered biplane arrangement to give good view and to afford the occupant of the front seat an opportunity of getting clear by parachute in cases of emergency, all-metal construction, and efficient aerodynamic design resulting in a very good performance. Although designed as a training machine, the "Tomtit" would make a very fine mount for the private owner who wants something a little more "snappy" than the usual lower-powered two-seater. By covering the front cockpit over and generally "cleaning up" the machine, the "Tomtit" would also form a very useful racing mount.
Structurally the Hawker "Tomtit" is of interest in being of all-metal construction, incorporating most of the special constructional features developed by the Hawker company during the last two or three years. The fuselage is, as far as its main structure is concerned, built entirely of steel. The longerons as well as the struts are steel tubes, and the joints between them are extremely simple. The longerons in the "Tomtit" are circular section tubes, on which flats have been pinched on four sides at the points where the junctions with the vertical and horizontal struts are to be made. The flats thus formed provide convenient anchorages for the simple sheet metal fittings, bolts, etc., as shown by one of our sketches. Not only is this form of construction extremely simple and rapid, but it is cheap, not merely because of its simplicity, but also because by standardising a few sizes of fittings a complete range of machines can be covered, from a light plane up to a single-engined bomber. In ones or twos welded steel tube construction might be a little cheaper, but there seems little doubt that with real mass production the Hawker system would be very much quicker than welding, while the work of assembly could be done by unskilled or at most semi-skilled labour.
The wing construction of the "Tomtit" is also steel, the main spars being of the type known as the "double-eight" section, which is formed from a large-diameter steel tube originally of circular section. The wing fittings, such as those joining the inter-plane struts to the spars, are as simple in their way as are those of the fuselage, and it is to be assumed that the very low structure weights achieved in all Hawker machines are due very largely to the painstaking care taken in getting the small items, of which there are such large numbers in an aeroplane, as simple and as light as possible.
The engine fitted in the exhibition "Tomtit" is an Armstrong-Siddeley "Mongoose," but we are informed that if desired the machine can be supplied alternatively with A.D.C. "Hermes" engine. The petrol capacity is 24 gallons, which, with the "Mongoose" engine, gives a cruising range of approximately 350 miles.
The main dimensions and areas of the "Tomtit" are: Length o.a., 23 ft. 5 in.; wing span, 28 ft. 6 in.; height, 8 ft. 8 in.; wing chord, 4 ft. 9 in.; wing area, 238 sq. ft. With a tare weight of 1,100 lbs. and a disposable load of 650 lbs., the gross weight of the "Tomtit" is 1,750 lbs., giving a wing loading of 7-36 lbs./sq. ft.
Performance figures for the "Tomtit" are: Full speed at 1,000 ft., 124 m.p.h.; at 3,000 ft., 122 m.p.h.; at 5,000 ft, 119 m.p.h.; and at 10,000 ft., 102 m.p.h. The climb to 1,000 ft. takes 1 minute; to 3,000 ft., 3 mins. 19 secs.; to 5,000 ft., 6 mins. 7 secs.; to 10,000 ft., 14 mins. 22 secs.
Tomtit получил специальное оборудование "Reid and Sigrist" для тренировки "слепого" пилотирования, что сделало его превосходным учебным самолетом. Данный самолет принадлежал летной школе в середине 1930-х годов.
From 36 to one. Shuttleworth's sole-surviving Tomtit K1786 delights crowds at both its home base, Old Warden, and at other venues.
Hawker Tomtit K1786, now flying with the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden.
From 1959 G-AFTA maintained its Hawker house colours while with Shuttleworth. Following overhaul at Dunsfold in 1967 it took on military markings once more.
Hawker Tomtit G-AFTA (the full-size aircraft is seen here at Old Warden in 1960), and finished it in the very same paint used on all the Hawker “heritage" aeroplanes.
An extremely rare Dufaycolor transparency of G-AMAU at White Waltham on May 14, 1950, taken from beside the tail of Hawker's similarly-painted civil-registered Tomtit, G-AFTA. Unusually, this photograph was taken from the starboard side, revealing that the legend, "The Last of The Many", was painted only on the port side in the initial iteration of the Hurricane's blue-and-gold scheme.
Tomtit prototype J9772 in its pale blue and silver Aero Show finish, July 1929.
A NEW TRAINING MACHINE: Three views of the Hawker "Tomtit" all-metal biplane. Note the pronounced stagger and slightly backswept wings. The engine is an Armstrong-Siddeley "Mongoose"
The Tomtit prototype J9772 while on charge with 24 Squadron at Hendon, July 1930 to May 1933. It then served briefly with the Air Defence of Great Britain Communication Flight at Northolt from December 1935 until January 1936 after which it is assumed to have been struck off charge.
When K1786 performs, the audience is treated to a delightful combination - Hawker biplane and Armstrong Siddeley Mongoose IIIC five-cylinder radial.
THE HAWKER "TOMTIT" IN FLIGHT: Mr. Bulman shows various aspects of the new training machine
The Hawker "TOM-TIT" Training machine with Armstrong Siddeley Mongoose engine, now in production for the Royal Air Force.
HAWKER "TOMTIT" (A.S. "Mongoose").
Hawker Tomtit K1786 in spirited mood.
The sole surviving Tomtit, K1786/G-AFTA, now with the Shuttleworth Trust.
J9774 from the first production batch, photographed in October 1929.
After serving with the CFS, Tomtit J9777 was destroyed in a takeoff collision with Siskin J9190 on July 14, 1931, while with No 3 FTS.
FITTED FOR "BLIND" FLYING: The Hawker "Tomtit" (Armstrong-Siddeley "Mongoose" engine) has a hood over the rear cockpit, used for teaching flying entirely by instruments.
Delightful air-to-air portrait of J9777. This aircraft initially served with the Central Flying School at Wittering from 1929, joining 3 FTS in December that year. It was destroyed in a collision with a Siskin at Grantham in July 1931.
THE HAWKER "TOMTIT": A training machine of recent production, incorporating several unusual features. For instance, it is fitted with a special type of Reid turn indicator, and other instruments which permit the pupil to be trained in flying solely by instruments. For this purpose the hood over the back cockpit is closed, cutting out the view entirely. These two illustrations show the machine with hood closed and with hood open. The engine is a "Mongoose."
AN all-metal training machine (two seater) with Armstrong-Siddeley "Mongoose" engine. In the King's Cup Race, one ol these machines (No. 33) has been entered by the Prince of Wales.
The Fleet Air Arm's Tomtit, K1783, with the badge of “C” Flight, Gosport, on its fin.
TRAINING TYPES: The machines from top to bottom are "Atlas," "Tutor," "Tiger Moth," "Tomtit" and "Siskin."
Hawker Tomtit K1786 and DH Moth G-EBLV.
The fourth aircraft, J9775, with blind flying hood in position, at Brooklands in 1929 prior to delivery.
J9782 as a communications aircraft of No 9 (Bomber) Squadron at the North Coates Fitties armament practice camp in 1929.
Line-up at Grantham, 1931, of 3 Flying Training School Tomtits. Nearest is J9776 ‘9’ which served with the FTS from April to November 1930, moving on to 24 Squadron in December 1931.
Hawker "Tomtit" (Mongoose). The machine has been adopted as a standard training machine by the Royal Air Force. Like all Hawker machines, the "Tomtit" is doped with CELLON.
Three Tomtits of No 3 FTS lined up at RAF Grantham.
The Hawker Stand has the distinction of exhibiting three machines never hitherto seen in public: The "Tomtit" training machine, the "Hart" day bomber recently ordered in quantities for the R.A.F., and the "Hornet," believed to be the world's fastest single-seater fighter.
RCAF Tomtit 139 with ski-equipped split undercarriage at Camp Borden in the 1930s.
AT MRS. BALDWIN'S NATIONAL BIRTHDAY TRUST FUND MEETING AT HANWORTH: Sqd.-Ldr. Guest is seen finishing on his "Tomtit."
THE TWO "TOMTITS": The Prince of Wales' machine in the lead, closely followed by Captain Guest's entry.
Hawker Tomtit G-AFVV was built originally for the RAF as K1784 and was later owned by the Leicester Aero Club and Alex Henshaw in 1939. It was one of six Tomtits which Brian Field purchased from the Air Ministry and subsequently sold on the civil market.
Wartime photograph of Alex Henshaw’s Tomtit G-AFTA, with front cockpit faired over and fitted with a Spitfire windscreen. Tomtit bear RAF fin flashes and have their civil registration letter underlined with red, white and blue stripes.
G-AFTA in racing trim, 1951. Note the Spitfire windscreen and faired headrest from its days with Alex Henshaw.
Hawker Tomtit G-AEVO in which Field participated in the 1937 Isle of Man races. The Tomtit was fitted with an Armstrong Siddeley Mongoose engine.
Bulman’s snapshot bears the handwritten inscription “Novi Sad 2 July 1931” on the reverse. The Tomtit is almost certainly G-AASI, and the nose of an inline-engined biplane with roundels is visible behind, on the right. Also on the back are the names of the individuals; from right to left, “Ludvig, Hayward, Osborn, Eales, Ferdo”.
The "scratch" man, F/O. E. C. T. Edwards, taking-off on his Hawker "Tomtit" (Mongoose III).
Hawker Tomtit G-AFFL about to be flagged off at the start of a race. In the background is the T.K.2 G-ADNO.
The one-time Gosport Tomtit in wartime camouflage as G-AGEF seen at Christchurch (Castle Bromwich ???) adjacent to the Airspeed factory in 1942. The aircraft was written off in October 1943 when owned by Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd. Tomtit bear RAF fin flashes and have their civil registration letter underlined with red, white and blue stripes.
A formation flypast by Hawker’s Tomtit, Hart and Hurricane was a regular sight at British displays of the early 1950s, the Hawker test pilots frequently winning best-formation accolades and trophies. The speed ranges of the aircraft were quite different and a generous helping of flap was necessary to keep the Hurricane in tight formation. This flyby was captured at White Waltham on August 31, 1952.
A regular sight at 1950s British airshows was Hawker’s fleet of Sydney Camm-designed aircraft, which comprised, from nearest to furthest, Hart G-ABMR (currently on display at RAF Museum Hendon), Tomtit G-AFTA (still airworthy with the Shuttleworth Collection), Cygnet G-EBMB (now at RAF Museum Cosford) and G-AMAU.
One of types seen at Brooklands - the Hawker "Tomtit" (Cirrus "Hermes"), piloted by P. E. G. Sayer
G-ABOD at Brooklands in 1938 with the Wolseley Aquarius engine.
G-ABAX was one of five civilian Tomtits. It was fitted with a Wolseley AR.9 in 1935, as illustrated, hut retired in 1936 and was used for carburettor trials.
THE HAWKER-WOLSELEY COMBINATION: The three Hawker "Tomtits" trying out their new Wolseley A.R.9 engines near Brooklands before the race.
Messrs Bulman, Sayer and Lowdell on their way from Brooklands to Hatfield for the 1933 King's Cup Race.
Interest at Ronaldsway after the finish of the London - I.O.M. Race. In the foreground are F/O. Hughesdon's Wolseley-engined Hawker Tomtit (2nd), Mr. Humble's single-seater Gipsy Six Hawk (3rd) and the D.H.86 flown by Mr. Higgins (4th).
Lowdell low down: Mr. George Lowdell, who put up two masterly aerobatic displays, and his Hawker Tomtit in the act of strafing the clubhouse.
THE "TOMTIT" PILOTS: Left to right, P. E. G. Sayer, P. W. S. Bulman and G. E. Lowdell.
THE NEW WOLSELEY ENGINE: This is the first photograph to be published, and shows the engine in the Hawker "Tomtit," to be flown in the King's Cup Race by Mr. Sayer (No.8).
The folding hood of the Hawker "Tomtit," which is used for training pilots in flying entirely "by instruments."
A reminder of the frailty of aeronautical treasures. K1786 suffered a forced-landing during the airshow at Mildenhall in May 1985.
Following publication of our article on Hawker Hurricane PZ865’s post-war racing career in TAH5, Chris Farara and Dick Poole alerted us to the fact that the late David Lockspeiser had built a 1/72nd-scale model of Hawker Tomtit G-AFTA, and finished it in the very same paint used on all the Hawker “heritage" aeroplanes. TAH has borrowed the model from David’s family, to examine the colour - which is close to Methuen 20F8, and just a touch lighter than Humbrol 15 Gloss Midnight Blue.
Typical fuselage details of Hawker "Tomtit" and other machines. Note the use of circular tubes, with flats formed on them.
On the Hawker "Tomtit." The neat sternpost arrangement and, below, a wing spar with strut fitting.
Hawker "Tomtit" Armstrong Siddeley "Mongoose" Engine
Hawker Tomtit of the Central Flying School, Wittering, October 1929