Hawker Henley (Vulture): Winner of my heart (II).

The Hawker Henley was designed cover the RAF P.4/34 light bomber specification. This middle 1930s requirement for a two-seat light bomber prioritized speed over bomb load so at Hawker they decided to extrapolate their Hurricane fighter into the Hendley. Sadly after its first flight in 1938, the Air Ministry found no use for that kind of bomber in the service. With such sturdy, performing and up-to-date airframe, the Henley found nevertheless new jobs. The pair of hundreds built were used mainly as useful target-towing aircrafts.
Several Henleys served also as flying test-beds. Even the Hendley prototype, seen here re-engined with the, then experimental, RR Vulture 24-cylinder X-type engine. Incredibly awesome nose affair with those in “X” exhaust stubs and the imposing radiator air intake. All was for nothing, the Vulture proved to be in service a troublesome beast soon cancelled by Rolls-Royce to focus in their Merlin/Griffon marvel.


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