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Handley Page Hare

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The Handley Page HP.34 Hare was a British two-seat high-altitude day bomber designed and built at Cricklewood by Handley Page. It was designed by Harold Boultbee to meet the requirements of Air Ministry Specification 23/25 for a replacement for the Hawker Horsley in the day bomber role,[1] competing against the Blackburn Beagle, Hawker Harrier, Gloster Goring and Westland Witch. The Hare was a conventional biplane, with single-bay unequal span staggered wings and of mixed wood and metal construction (although the specification required that any production aircraft be of all-metal construction). It had a crew of two with the pilot in an open cockpit aft of the wing with a gunner/bomb aimer behind.

Only one aircraft was built, with the serial J8622. It was first flown on 24 February 1928, powered by a Gnome-Rhône Jupiter as the planned Jupiter VIII was unavailable.[2] Testing showed that the aircraft had poor handling and was prone to vibration, and it was modified with a 2 ft (0.61 m) longer fuselage and a revised tail, which improved handling. It was decided to modify the aircraft so that it could be meet the requirements of Specification 24/25 to replace the Horsely in its other role as a shore based torpedo bomber.[3]

The Hare was unsuccessful in meeting both competitions, with the day bomber competition being abandoned in favour of purchasing the more advanced Hawker Hart built to Specification 12/36, while the torpedo bomber requirement was met by the Vickers Vildebeest.[4] It remained in use with the Royal Air Force as a trials aircraft until 1932. It was then sold for a proposed long-distance flight by J.N. Addinsell and registered G-ACEL. The Hare was flown to Hanworth aerodrome in 1933 where it was redoped and painted in civilian colours. It never flew again and was scrapped in 1937.[5]



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  1. Mason 1994, p.195-196.
  2. Barnes 1976, p.269.
  3. Barnes 1976, p.270.
  4. Mason 1994, p.196.
  5. Jackson 1973, p.343.


  • Barnes, C.H. (1976). Handley Page Aircraft since 1907. London: Putnam. ISBN 0 370 00030 7. 
  • Mason, Francis K. (1994). The British Bomber since 1914. London: Putnam. ISBN 0 85177 861 5. 
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 2. London: Putnam, 382. ISBN 0 370 10010 7. 

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