Aeroplane Monthly 1985-10
P.Jarrett - The Hornbill enigma (2)
Hawker Hornbill J7782, with Hawker test pilot Flt Lt P. W. S. Bulman at the controls, performs for the benefit of Flight’s photographer at Brooklands in July 1926.
Two Flight studies of the Hornbill at Brooklands in July 1926, after the Condor IV engine had been fitted. It still wears the “new type” number it was given for the RAF Pageant at Hendon, and has the Watts walnut propeller.
This July 1926 view emphasises the much greater chord of the top wing.
The Hornbill at RAE Farnborough about October 1928. Automatic slats had been fitted to the leading edges of the upper wingtips, altering the tip curvature. The deep-chord rudder, fitted during Service tests, is evident.
Late in life J7782 had its rear fuselage recovered, as evidenced by the new-style serial number. The bulge beneath the fuselage is for instrumentation. Taken at Farnborough about 1932, with the Watts propeller back again.
J7782 back at Martlesham Heath for Service tests, late 1926/early 1927. The Watts propeller is still fitted and the aircraft is unarmed.
A slightly later picture, again during the Martlesham Service tests, shows J7782 with a Fairey Reed propeller. The Vickers gun is installed and the “new type" number is crudely overpainted
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