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Hawker Osprey I

14 October 2018


A Hawker Osprey I fighter/reconnaissance floatplane of 407 Flight, HMS Exeter, pictured in 1933. The Hawker Osprey was a naval version of the Hawker Hart light bomber, converted to act as a Fleet Spotter/Reconnaissance aircraft. The fuselage had to be strengthened to allow for catapult launches from capital ships and the undercarriage was modified so that it could easily take either wheels or floats. Folding wings completed the carrier-borne modifications. The Osprey entered service late in 1932 and withdrawn from front line service in 1938 though performing second line duties until 1940—Crown copyright

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