Hawker Siddeley HS748

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The Hawker Siddeley HS748 is a medium-sized turboprop airliner originally designed by the British firm Avro in the late 1950s as a replacement for the aging DC-3s then in widespread service as feederliners. Avro concentrated on performance, notably for STOL operations, and found a dedicated market. 380 aircraft were built by Hawker Siddeley. A larger, stretched development of the HS748, the BAe ATP, attempted to compete with the de Havilland Canada Dash-8 but saw a limited production run.

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • 748 Series 1: The original Avro 748 twin-engined short / medium-range airliner, powered by two Rolls-Royce Dart RDa 7 Mk.514 turboprop engines. 24 were built.
  • 748 Series 2: The Series 2 entered production in 1961 with a higher take-off weight and Mk.531 engines. 111 were built.
  • 748 Series 2A: The more powerful Series 2A followed in 1967, with a further increase in take-off weight and Mk.532/Mk.534 engines. 157 built, making the 748 one of the more successful British airliners and the 2A the most popular variant.
  • 748 Series 2B: The main production model after Hawker-Siddeley was absorbed by British Aerospace, the 2B featured a 4-foot increase in wingspan over previous models, a further increase in weights, Mk.536 engines, a modernized cabin, and several systems improvements. 28 built.
  • Super 748: Basically the same as the 2B but fitted with hush kits on the engines. 8 Built.
  • Hawker Siddeley HS780 Andover: Modified version of the 748 design for the Royal Air Force. Fitted with kneeling undercarriage, raised tail unit and rear loading ramp.
  • Coastguarder: Maritime patrol version.
  • 748 Andover: Military passenger transport versions of the 748.
  • HAL-748: Licence production by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited at Bangalore India. Indian aircraft were later modified for a variety of roles including a trials aircraft for an Airborne Early Warning version fitted with a large radome, known as the Airborne Surveillance Platform (ASP). A total of 89 HAL 748's were built.
  • HAL 748 Series 2M: Production for the Indian Air Force (the last 20 built) were Series 2M aircraft with a large freight door.

Users[edit | edit source]

  • Argentina
    • Argentine Air Force
  • Australia
    • Royal Australian Air Force
    • Royal Australian Navy
  • Belgium
    • Belgian Air Component
  • Benin
    • Benin Air Force
  • Brazil
    • Brazilian Air Force
  • Brunei
    • Royal Brunei Air Force
  • Burkina Faso
    • Burkina Faso Air Force
  • Cameroon
    • Cameroon Air Force
  • Colombia
    • Colombian Air Force
  • Ecuador
    • Ecuadorian Air Force
  • India
    • Indian Air Force
  • Republic of Korea
    • Republic of Korea Air Force
  • Madagascar
    • Malagasy Air Force
  • Sri Lanka
    • Sri Lankan Air Force
  • Tanzania
    • Tanzanian Air Force Command
  • Thailand
    • Royal Thai Air Force
  • United Kingdom
    • Royal Air Force
  • Venezuela
    • Venezuelan Air Force
    • Venezuelan Navy
  • Zambia
    • Zambian Air Force

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