Hawker Tomtit

The Hawker Tomtit was a trainer aircraft in use during the 1930s. A single Tomtit survives in flying condition today, operated by the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden in the UK. All the sound recordings you can find here are from that aircraft.

The surviving Hawker Tomtit, K1786 (G-AFTA), was the last in use by the RAF and left the service in 1939. It was flown during world war two by Alex Henshaw and gained modifications in the form of a Spitfire windscreen and faired headrest. These hacks were removed during restoration in 1949 when it was used by Hawker test pilot Neville Duke. In 1960, it was handed over to the Shuttleworth Collection, who returned it to its original colours in 1967.

The Tomtit is powered by a single Armstrong Siddeley Mongoose IIIC 5-cylinder radial engine, capable of 150 hp.

Aircraft Characteristics


two, instructor plus trainee


23 ft 8 in (7.21 m)


28 ft 6 in (9.70 m)


8 ft 4 in (2.54 m)

Wing area:

238 ft² (22.1 m²)

Empty weight:

1,100 lb (499 kg)

Loaded weight:

1,750 lb (794 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Armstrong Siddeley Mongoose IIIC 5-cylinder radial engine, 150 hp (112 kW)


Hawker Tomtit, June 2007

Hawker Tomtit G-AFTA at Old Warden, recorded June 2007.

The image on the left and the sound recording are of the same aircraft and were both recorded at the same time.

Equipment used: Audio Technica AT-822, Sony Hi-MD Minidisc Recorder

Click for Hawker Tomtit, June 2007 sound recording page

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  • Informative blog with good useful information

    Posted by kissanime, 18/10/2017 8:05am (2 months ago)

  • Liked the post too much since I just get into the memories of my time when I was getting the training as for aircraft trainer. This was really tough time as to be the part of the army is not the task playing with kids. This is really something dangerous and hard working task.

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