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Handley Page HP.24 Hyderabad


The Hyderabad was a military derivative of the W.8 which first flew in December 1919 as one of the first purpose-designed airliners. The Hyderabad was the company’s response to a 1922 bomber specification, and when it took to the air in October 1923 it was the world’s first large aeroplane with automatic leading-edge slats. Such slats were not incorporated into the Hyderabad Mk I production type, which was also the RAF’s last all-wooden heavy bomber. Delivery of the 38 aircraft was slow, No. 99 Squadron receiving its Hyderabads from December 1925 but No. 10 Squadron re-equipping only from January 1928. Hyderabads were also flown by two Auxiliary Air Force units, Nos 502 and 503 Squadrons. The bomber was withdrawn from first-line service in 1930 and from AAF service in 1933, and the type was declared obsolete in 1934.

Three were later converted into Hinaidis.

Handley Page Hyderabad Mk I

Engines: 2 x 450hp / 338.5kW Napier Lion IIB or V
Wingspan: 22.86 m / 75 ft 0 in
Length: 18.03 m / 59 ft 2 in
Height: 5.11 m / 16 ft 9 in
Wing area: 136.66 sq.m / 1470.99 sq ft
Max take-off weight: 6164 kg / 13,590 lb
Empty weight: 4045 kg / 8918 lb
Max. speed: 94 kts / 175 km/h / 109 mph at sea level
Ceiling: 4267 m / 14000 ft
Operational Range: 432 nm / 805 km / 500 miles
Armament: 3 x 7.7mm (0.303-in) machine-guns, 500kg (1,100 lb) bombs
Bomb load: 500kg
Crew: 4





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