The single-engine Hawk was developed by Hawker-Siddeley (now BAE Systems) as a lightweight training and combat aircraft and first took to the skies in 1974. The wings of this agile two-seater are mounted very low to enable increased visibility for the second pilot – on training flights the instructor. The Hawk is still manufactured by BAE as well as in licence by HAL in India and used by numerous countries. In total, over 1,000 aircraft have been built in various incarnations.
At AIRPOWER16 two Hawk T2 of the British Air Force can be seen in the Static Display.
Facts & Figures
|Empty weight||6,500 kg|
|Maximum takeoff weight||7,500 kg|
|Max. speed||Mach 0.98 / 550 kts / 1,018 km/h|
|Service ceiling||42,000 ft (12,800 m)|
|Powerplant||1 x Rolls-Royce Adour Mk. 951|
|Thrust||29 kN (6,500 lbs)|