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Handley Page Hyderabad

The Handley Page H.P.24 Hyderabad was a British twin-engine biplane heavy bomber built by Handley Page which served with the Royal Air Force between 1925 and 1933. It was the last wooden heavy bomber to serve with the RAF.

Role Heavy bomber
Manufacturer Handley Page
First flight 23 October 1923
Introduction 1925
Retired 1933
Primary user Royal Air Force
Number built 44
Developed from Handley Page W.8
Variants Handley Page Hinaidi


Design and developmentEdit

The Hyderabad was a development of the Handley Page W.8 airliner, initially designated the W.8D, to meet Air Ministry Specification 31/22 for a replacement for the Vickers Vimy for the Royal Air Force.[1]

The Hyderabad was structurally similar to the W.8, and was an all-wooden, three-bay biplane powered by two Napier Lion engines. It was fitted with a single fin and rudder, and was one of the first large aircraft to be fitted with Handley Page leading edge slats, giving good lateral stability.[2]

A single prototype W.8D was ordered by the Air Ministry in January 1923, first flying in October 1923 and was delivered to the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A & AEE) at Martlesham Heath for evaluation against the Vickers Virginia.[1] On the basis of this evaluation, the aircraft, now called the Hyderabad was ordered for use by the RAF.[1]

Operational historyEdit

The Hyderabad entered service with No. 99 (Bomber) Squadron RAF at RAF Bircham Newton in December 1925,[1] replacing the single-engined Avro Aldershot bomber.[2] Deliveries were slow, and accidental losses were high, with a second squadron, No. 10 Squadron RAF at RAF Upper Heyford only forming in 1928.[2] In 1928 and 1929, two Special Reserve squadrons were formed, receiving the Hyderabad as equipment. The two regular squadrons were re-equipped with the Handley Page Hinaidi, an all-metal development of the Hyderabad in 1931, while the final reserve Squadron, No 503, continued with the Hyderabad in service until 1933.[1]


Specifications (Hyderabad)Edit

Data from The British Bomber since 1914 [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: four
  • Length: 59 ft 2 in (18.04 m)
  • Wingspan: 75 ft 0 in (22.87 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 9 in (5.11 m)
  • Wing area: 1,471 ft² (136.7 m²)
  • Empty weight: 8,910 lb (4,050 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 13,590 lb (6,177 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Napier Lion V or VA twelve-cylinder, water-cooled "broad arrow" engine, 500 hp (373 kW) each



  • Guns: 3 × .303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis Guns in nose, dorsal and ventral positions
  • Bombs: 1,100 lb (499 kg) bombs carried externally

See alsoEdit

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists



  1. ^ a b c d e f Mason, Francis K (1994), The British Bomber since 1914, London: Putnam Aeronautical Books, pp. 152–154, ISBN 0-85177-861-5
  2. ^ a b c d Thetford, Owen (1957), Aircraft of the Royal Air Force 1918-57 (1st ed.), London: Putnam, pp. 242–243


  • Barnes, C. H. Handley Page Aircraft Since 1907. London: Putnam & Company, Ltd., 1987. ISBN 0-85177-803-8.
  • Clayton, Donald C. Handley Page, an Aircraft Album. Shepperton, Surrey, UK: Ian Allan Ltd., 1969. ISBN 0-7110-0094-8.

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