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Handley Page Type H / HP.34 Hare


Intended as a Hawker Horsley and Fairey Fawn replacement, the sole Type H (HP.34) Hare high altitude day bomber underwent numerous modifications and engine changes. First flown on 24 February 1928 it underwent official tests at Martlesham Heath in July 1929 powered by a Bristol Jupiter VIII radial and two blade propeller, after being fitted with a divided undercarriage to allow carriage of a torpedo. Two 620 lb bombs were carried beneath the wings.

In 1932 J8622 was sold to a private buyer, registered G-ACEL, and moved to Hanworth, but it never flew again. Its remains were scrapped in 1937.

Engine: 1 x 450hp Gnome-Rhone Jupiter
Max take-off weight: 2607 kg / 5747 lb
Empty weight: 1485 kg / 3274 lb
Wingspan: 15.24 m / 50 ft 0 in
Length: 9.80 m / 32 ft 2 in
Wing area: 42.18 sq.m / 454.02 sq ft
Max. speed: 224 km/h / 139 mph
Ceiling: 5029 m / 16500 ft
Armament: 2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 2 x 250kg bombs or a torpedo
Crew: 2



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