Model Airplane News
December, 1951

Model Airplane News Cover for December, 1951 by Jo Kotula Hawker P.1081

Hawker P.1081 "Australian"
Model Airplane News Cover Art for December, 1951
by Jo Kotula
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The Hawker P.1081, also known as the "Australian Fighter" was a British jet aircraft from the mid-twentieth century.

Hawker Aircraft, a British manufacturer, submitted a proposal to meet a specificationput out by the Australian government. It was for a swept-wing-and-tail fighter using a Rolls-Royce Tay engine. Work was started to modify the second prototype of the Hawker P.1052.

 The Hawker P.1052

Hawker P.1052 Prototype
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The rear fuselage of the P.1052 was completely replaced with one having a straight-through jet pipe and swept tail surfaces. The first flight of the P.1081 took place on 19 June 1950 but, in November of that year, the Australian project was discontinued. The aircraft was handed over to the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE).

The Hawker P.1081      The Hawker P.1081

Photos of the Hawker P.1081 "Australian"
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The swept tail of the P.1081 increased the Mach number above that of the P.1052 into the Mach 0.9-0.95 region, providing valuable information for the axially-powered Hawker Hunter. The sole P.1081 was lost in April of 1951.

 The Hawker Hunter

Photos of the Hawker "Hunter"
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Here is a video of the 1950 Farnborough Air Show -- it includes a flyby of the P.1081.

In addition to the cover of Model Airplane News, this airplane was also featured in the WINGS "Friend or Foe" trading card series of the early 1950s

 Card 115 of the Wings Friend or Foe series  The Hawker P.1081

Trading card representation of the Hawker P.1081 "Australian"
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