Flight, November 1939
Britain's Military Aircraft
A Survey of Our Service Machines
An experimental two-seater fighter produced just after the Hurricane was the Hotspur. This machine is closely related not only to the Hurricane, but to the Henley
two-seater bomber to which reference is made under "Gloster." The engine is a Rolls-Royce Merlin driving a three-bladed variable-pitch airscrew and cooled by a ducted nose-type radiator. Behind the pilot's cockpit enclosure is a multi-gun power-driven turret. As in the other Hawker monoplane types, the undercarriage retracts in an inward direction and is of wide track.
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The Hotspur was an experimental two-seater fighter built by the Hawker Company some time back.
The Hawker Hotspur two-seater fighter has a turret of an unusual barrel-shaped design.
A highly developed two-seater fighter prototype is the Hawker Hotspur, which carries a battery of machine guns in a power-driven turret.
Not one of Hawker’s best - the Hotspur prototype K8309. This aircraft was powered by a 1,025 h.p. Rolls-Royce Merlin II engine and is seen at Brooklands in June 1938.
The prototype Hawker Hotspur K8309 - built to Specification F9/35.
BOLD, resolute and matchless in courage, the 15th century Hotspur stalks through the pages of Shakespeare to immortality. Today, another Hotspur streaks through the sky to “honour and renown” - the Hawker Hotspur. Fast, powerful and reliable, this two-seater fighter is a worthy product of a famous firm. We are glad its construction embodies components of Hiduminium R.R. Alloys because no metal that is lighter is as strong, none that is stronger is as light.
The Hotspur was developed to the same requirement as the Boulton Paul Defiant, but little effort was placed behind its development owing to preoccupation with the Hurricane.