Hanriot HD.1: Successful Reject.

Hanriot HD-1: Successful Reject.

Hanriot was quite renowned by its prewar products, but with the arrival of WW1 it concentrated in building others’ designs, specially the redoubtable Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter. The HD.1 is the result of using the know-how gained with that license: a manoeuverable, robust and simple aircraft. All in all, very “Sopwith-tic”.
Arrived at a time of fighters’ abundance, the French preferred the outstanding Spad S.VII instead. Gladly, their loss became Italians and Belgians win. The HD.1 proved to be a fine fighter in both countries. Macchi made them under licence in Italy and the Belgians bought them directly.

In this cute photo the very first HD.1 delivered to the Belgians used by Ace André de Meulemeester and later on by the great Ace Willy Coppens. Note also the classic Bessonneau portable hangar. The HD.1 shines.


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  1. Pingback: Hanriot HD-1: Balloon Buster. | The Dreamy Dodo

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