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Born out of the famous Sopwith Aviation Company, the Hawker Aircraft company already had a fine reputation all across the world by the 1930s. Whilst working on the Fury biplane fighter the Hawker Design Staff, under the leadership of Sydney Camm, began working on designs for a monoplane fighter. Initially known in the Hawker design office as the ‘Fury Monoplane’ this new aircraft was beginning to take shape by Spring 1933. A general arrangement drawing was completed in December 1933 and detailed a low wing monoplane armed with four machine guns and fitted with a fixed undercarriage with spats, designed around the same Rolls Royce Goshawk engine that powered the Fury biplane.
Whilst this monoplane fighter had a relatively long tail fin and a blister-type cockpit, the wing and horizontal stabilizers were now showing the unmistakable silhouette of the legendary fighter which was beginning to take shape on paper.
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