100th Anniversary of Hawker

November 15, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Hawker Aircraft Limited. Here's an unexhaustive timeline of the celebrated company and its achievements...

1920

  • H.G Hawker Engineering is founded by Thomas Sopwith, founder of Sopwith Aviation Company, and Harry Hawker, chief test pilot for Sopwith. It was one of Sopwith's previous designs, the Sopwith Camel, that shot down Germany's famed ace, The Red Baron
Thomas Sopwith
A young Thomas Sopwith.
  • H.G Hawker Engineering makes the decision to focus on manufacturing parts for existing aircraft, but begins to create designs of its own also

1921

  • Harry Hawker dies in his Nieuport Goshawk while practising for the Aerial Derby a short way from Hendon Aerodrome
Harry Hawker
Harry Hawker, May 1919.

1923

  • The first Hawker aircraft prototype is built. The Hawker Diuker was the first design under new chief designer, Captain Thomson and consisted of parts sourced from rival aircraft company, Vickers, who shared the airfield with Hawker Aviation
    Hawker Duiker
    The only prototype of the Hawker Duiker.

     

1930

  • The Hawker Hart is introduced. The two-seater biplane light bomber aircraft was designed by Sydney Camm in the late 1920s. As many as 992 were built for use during the opening moves of the East African theatre of World War II
Hawker Hart
Hawker Hart

1933

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