The Hind light bomber was one of the types produced for quick delivery to the RAF, based on the Hart and therefore needing little new development, although a number of improvements were introduced as the result of long experience with the Hart.
The first prototype was a modified Hart and first flew on 12 September 1934 at Brooklands.
By the end of 1935 the Hind had started to replace the Hawker Hart as a front line fighter with the RAF.
The production total was 528 aircraft, although with the delivery of modern monoplane bombers a number of the final Hinds on the production lines for the RAF were completed as dual-control trainers. Records show that from even the first batch of 20 Hinds, General Aircraft was later to convert nine into trainers.
Nine foreign users of the Hind (new and ex-RAF aircraft) included Latvia, New Zealand, Persia and South Africa.
Engine: 1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel V, 477kW / 631 hp
Max take-off weight: 2403 kg / 5298 lb
Empty weight: 1475 kg / 3252 lb
Wingspan: 11.35 m / 37 ft 3 in
Length: 9.02 m / 29 ft 7 in
Height: 3.23 m / 10 ft 7 in
Wing area: 32.33 sq.m / 348.00 sq ft
Max. speed: 161 kts / 299 km/h / 186 mph @ 16,000 ft
Service ceiling: 8045 m / 26400 ft
Initial climb rate: 1870.08 ft/min / 9.50 m/s
Range: 374 nm / 692 km / 430 miles
Armament: 2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 220kg of bombs
Endurance: 4 h