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Hawker Demon Fighter Plane

The Hawker Demon fighter was modified from the Hawker Hart light bomber, the hart had been found, to the RAF's horror, to be so fast that it was almost impossible for it's existing Bulldog and Siskin fighters to catch it. As a "quick fix" temporary solution, the Hawker Hart airframe was fitted with a more powerful supercharged Kestrel engine and an extra Vickers machine gun and re-named the Hawker Demon fighter.

Hawker Demon Fighter Plane


The Hawker Demon fighter was introduced in to RAF service in 1931 and 305 were eventually built, approximately 200 were supplied to the RAF and remained in service as a fighter until 1938 by the Bristol Blenheim, a few were then utilised as target tugs for a several years. Some of the Hawker Demon fighters produced by Boulton Paul were fitted with a Frazer-Nash hydraulically powered shield for the rear gunner, they were referred to as "Turret Demons".


Hawker Demon RAAF Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot and rear gunner
  • Wingspan: 11.4 m (37 ft 3 in)
  • Length: 9 m (29 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 3.2 m (10 ft 5 in)
  • Maximum take-off weight: 2117 kg (4668 lb)
  • Empty weight: 1505 kg (3319 lb)
  • Engine: Single 560/600 hp Rolls Royce Kestrel V12 liquid cooled engine
  • Maximum speed: 293 km/h (182 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 27,500 ft (8382 m)
  • Range: 600 km
RAF Hawker Demon

Hawker Demon RAAF Armament:

  • Twin synchronised Vickers Mk III .303 in (7.7mm) forward firing machine-guns
  • Single rear firing .303 in (7.7mm) Lewis gun for the rear gunner
  • Under wing bomb racks on later RAAF aircraft for eight 9kg bombs

It is of note that while the Royal Air Force were7889 the Hawker Demon's primary user, a significant number were supplied and operated by the Royal Australian Air Force.

Hawker Demon

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