Hendy Hobo

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Hobo
Role Single-seat light monoplane
Manufacturer Hendy Aircraft Company
Designer Basil Henderson
First flight 1929
Introduction 1929
Retired 1940
Produced 1929
Number built 1

The Hendy 281 Hobo was a British single-seat light monoplane designed by Basil B. Henderson and built by the Hendy Aircraft Company at Shoreham Airport in 1929. Only one aircraft was built, registered G-AAIG, and first flown in October 1929 by Edgar Percival.

It was a small low-wing cantilever monoplane with a fixed tailskid landing gear and powered by a 35 hp ABC Motors Scorpion II engine. It was rebuilt in 1934 with a 90 hp Pobjoy Cataract, mass balance ailerons and a modified landing gear. Used by a private owner it was entered in many races in the 1930s and in 1934 won a race between Hatfield and Cardiff at 125.4 miles per hour (201.8 km/h). On 30 August 1940 it was destroyed by German bombing at Lympne Aerodrome.

Specifications (Hobo)[edit]

Data from A.J. Jackson, British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 3, 1974, Putnam, London, ISBN 0-370-10014-X, Page 252

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 19 ft 6 in ( m)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft 0 in ( m)
  • Gross weight: 650 lb ( kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pobjoy Cataract, 90 hp ( kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 130 mph ( km/h)

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • A.J. Jackson, British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 3, 1974, Putnam, London, ISBN 0-370-10014-X, Page 252