July 10, 2012
Max Moment: The Hawker Hart
In Max's first adventures on Cabrito, a World War Two airplane called the "Hawker Hart" plays a key role. Here is what the book has to say about the plane:
"The Hawker Hart was an airplane whose time never came. A sturdy biplane built by Great Britain between the Wars, it came in both fighter and bomber versions. By the opening of hostilities, however, it was hopelessly obsolete--no match for the Japanese Zeros or German Messerschmitts. Still, the hardy planes were put to use in behind-the-lines operations, and in the defense of places that had little chance of being attacked.
"Made out of metal--not the flimsy canvas of World War I-era planes--the two-seater Hawker Hart was different in other ways as well. Its nose came to a sharp point, and in contrast to the usual arrangement, the pilot sat in front while the passenger sat in back. The passenger seat was also equipped with an air-cooled machine-gun, giving the plane a sting as well as a bite."
For more detailed information on this fascinating plane, check out this site, which includes an in-depth history as well as updates on several restoration projects.
And of course, if you are interested in knowing how this figures in to the story of a missionary on a tropical island, read The Astonishing Adventures of Missionary Max.
Posted by Andrew on July 10, 2012 7:51 AM.
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