As I’m sure you’re all aware, Infinite Flight does offer a selection of fast jets, the F/A-18, F-14, F-16 and F-22. These four aircraft have one thing in common: they are all frontline fighter aircraft, immensely powerful and fuel thirsty. They can also be a bit of a handful to fly, especially in less experienced hands. We also have a choice of far more docile GA aircraft and airliners. One type of aircraft which is not available is the advanced fast jet trainer, an aircraft which has the agility of a fighter, but with less power and friendlier handling characteristics for less experienced pilots. In an attempt to plug this gap in the Infinite Flight fleet, I would like to suggest the addition of the BAe Hawk T.1 and T.2, two very similar aircraft which fit this requirement perfectly.
These aircraft are flown by air forces across the globe in both training and light combat roles. The Hawk T.1 has also been the aircraft of choice for the Red Arrows aerobatic team since 1980.
Some technical statistics:
- Crew: 2: student, instructor
- Length: 12.43 m (40 ft 9 in)
- Wingspan: 9.94 m (32 ft 7 in)
- Height: 3.98 m (13 ft 1 in)
- Wing area: 16.70 m2 (179.64 ft2)
- Empty weight: 4,480 kg (9,880 lb)
- Useful load: 3,000 kg (6,600 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 9,100 kg (20,000 lb)
- Powerplant: 1× Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour Mk. 951 turbofan with FADEC, 29 kN (6,500 lbf) 29 kN
- Never exceed speed: Mach 1.2 (in dive)
- Maximum speed: Mach 0.84 (1,028 km/h, 638 mph) at altitude
- Range: 2,520 km (1,360 nmi, 1,565 mi)
- Service ceiling: 13,565 m (44,500 ft)
- Rate of climb: 47 m/s (9,300 ft/min)
- Thrust/weight: 0.65
Note: all armament is optional.
- 30 mm ADEN cannon, in centreline pod
- Up to 6,800 lb (3,085 kg) of weapons on five hardpoints, including:
- 4× AIM-9 Sidewinder or ASRAAM or A-Darter on wing pylons and wingtip rails
- 2x Umbani or Al Tariq
- 1,500 lb (680 kg), limited to one centreline and two wing pylons (Hawk T1)
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