HAL HT-2

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Hindustan HT-2
HAL HT-2 (1).jpg
Role Two-seat primary trainer
Manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
First flight August 5, 1951.
Introduction 1953
Retired 1990
Primary user Indian Air Force
Number built 172

The Hindustan HT-2 is an Indian two-seat primary trainer designed and built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The HT-2 was the first company design to enter production in 1953 for the Indian Air Force and Navy, where it replaced the de Havilland Tiger Moth. The HT-2 is a low-wing cantilever monoplane with a fixed tailwheel landing gear. Powered by a 155 hp (116 kW) Cirrus Major III piston engine the aircraft has enclosed tandem cockpits with dual controls. Apart from military use the aircraft was also used by Indian flying schools.

Operators[edit]

 Ghana
  • 12 HAL HT-2s were delivered to the Ghana Air Force and used between 1959 and 1974.
 India

Specifications (HT-2)[edit]

HT 2 trainer at IISc, Bangalore

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953–54[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 7.53 m (24 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.72 m (35 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 2.74 m (9 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 16.0 m2 (172 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 7.13:1
  • Airfoil: NACA 23012
  • Empty weight: 699 kg (1,540 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,016 kg (2,240 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 117 L (26 imp gal; 31 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Cirrus Major III air-cooled four-cylinder inverted inline engine, 116 kW (155 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 209 km/h; 113 kn (130 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 185 km/h; 100 kn (115 mph)
  • Stall speed: 84 km/h; 45 kn (52 mph)
  • Range: 563 km; 304 nmi (350 mi)
  • Endurance: 3 hr 30 min
  • Service ceiling: 4,400 m (14,500 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 4.1 m/s (800 ft/min)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bridgman 1953, p. 118.
  • Bridgman, Leonard (1953). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953–54. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982–1985), 1985, Orbis Publishing, Page 2172

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