RR Adour Mk.951
38 ft. 11 in.
30 ft. 10 in.
The BAE Hawk is an advanced jet training aircraft used primarily by the British Royal Air Force. The aircraft first took to the sky in 1974. In addition to the U.K., the BAE Hawk is used in numerous countries throughout the world.
Pilots praise the airplane for its excellent maneuverability and wide flight envelope. It can emulate many of the high alpha and high g maneuvers of the most modern jet aircraft. The airplane handles equally well from just above stall speed through trans sonic and supersonic speeds which it can reach in a shallow dive.
Through the years the airplane has been upgraded with the latest avionics, digital instrumentation and more efficient engines.
The latest BAE Hawk versions incorporate training aids that will prepare new pilots, navigators, and weapons systems operators for the latest aircraft, including fifth generation stealth fighter bombers. These include an all-glass cockpit with three color monitors displaying weapons targeting, engine, and navigation status. The wings have seven underwing hardpoints plus wingtip mountings for short-range air-to-air missiles.
The latest controls, which are available to both instructor and student, mean that the pilots hands do not have to leave the control stick while performing aircraft functions. A head up display monitors all necessary systems while the pilots retain situational awareness.
The range can be extended through provisions for optional wing tanks and air-to-air refueling.
The Royal Air Force Red Arrows air exhibition team has been using the BAE Hawk in their performances since 1979. In 1997 the Finnish Air Force began using four of aircraft in their Midnight Hawks air team.
Over 1,000 BAE Hawk aircraft have been produced to date.
BAE, together with Boeing, produce a version of the airplane that is used by the U.S. Navy for training on their aircraft carriers. The airplane is designated the T-45 Goshawk. Although similar in appearance to the Hawk jet, it is a completely different aircraft.
RC BAE Hawk
The RC BAE Hawk from Freewing is PNP with a 40 in. wingspan and 48 in. length. Included is a 30-48 2300 kV motor turning a 12 bladed 70 mm EDF unit, retracts, LED lighting, and flaps. All up weight is around 74 oz.
Horizon's RC BAE Hawk is ARF with a 41 in. wingspan. It has a 3270 kV1930 motor turning an 80 mm 12 bladed fan unit. Also included is LED light system and retracts with closing doors. Weight is about 5 1/2 lbs. all up.