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Hawker Tomtit Military Trainer Aircraft

In 1927 the Royal Air Force made known it's requirement for a replacement for their elementary trainer, the aging WW1 Avro 504, the new plane had to use Armstrong Siddeley's new Mongoose engine, furthermore the airframe had to be metal, or as the official specification said "have regards to the elimination of the Woodworking Fitter trades" The Hawker Tomtit was the steel & duralumin tubular airframe plane designed by chief designer Sidney Camm of Hawker to meet these requirements.

Hawker Tomtit trainer


The Prototype Hawker Tomtit first flew in November 1928 and served in a training role in the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand, they were withdrawn from RAF service in 1935.


Hawker Tomtit Specifications:

  • Crew: Instructer and trainee pilot in tandem
  • Span: 28' 6" (9.70 m)
  • Length: 23' 8" (7.21 m)
  • Height: 8' 4" (2.54 m)
  • Empty Weight: 1100 lb (499.0 kg)
  • Loaded Weight: 1750 lb (793.8 kg)
  • Engine: 150 hp (112 kW) Armstrong Siddeley Mongoose IIIC 5-cylinder radial engine
  • Maximum Speed: 124 mph (199.5 km/h)
  • Range: 350 mi (563 km)
  • Service Ceiling: 19,500 ft (5944 m)

The Last Hawker Tomtit

The Pictures on this page depicts K1786 which was the very last Hawker Tomtit built and the only representative of this type still flying, it is of interest that this particular aircraft was one of three used as a taxi by Alex Henshaw to travel from home to Castle Bromwich each day during WW2 when he was a test pilot at Supermarine. Alex Henshaw along with Ray Hanna, is recognised as one of the greatest Supermarine Spitfire pilots ever!

RAF Hawker Tomtit
Hawker Tomtit Plane

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