HAL HT-2 Primary Trainer ,First Trainer Aircraft by Hindustan Aeronautics,India
The Hindustan HT-2 is an Indian two-seat primary trainer designed and built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The HT-2 was the first company design to enter production in 1953 for the Indian Air Force and Navy, where it replaced the de Havilland Tiger Moth. The HT-2 is a low-wing cantilever monoplane with a fixed tailwheel landing gear.
The aircraft took its first flight on August 5,1951 and introduced in Indian Air force in 1953.The total number of 172 Hindustan HT-2 trainer aircrafts were built.The aircraft retired on 1990 from service.The aircraft was replaced by HAL HPT-32 Deepak Basic jet trainer.
Design and Cockpit
The aircraft has enclosed tanden cockpits with dual controls.Apart from military use the aircraft was also used by the Indian Flying schools.
The aircraft has length of 7.53 m,wingspan of 10.72 m and height of 2.74 m.There were 2 crew members seated in the aircraft.The aircraft uses NACA 23012 Airfoil and has aspect ration of 7:13:1.
Engine and Performance
The wing area of aircraft is 16 square metres.The HAL HT-2 aircraft is powered by 1 x Cirrus Major III air cooled four cylinder inverted inline engine that is capable of producing 116 kW of thrust.The Aircraft has empty weight of 699 kg and Gross weight of 1016 kg.The aircraft has fuel capacity of 117 l.
The HAL HT-2 (hindustan Trainer) has a maximum speed of 209 km/h and has cruise speed of 185 km/h.The trainer aircraft has stall speed of 84 km/h.The range of aircraft is 563 km and Endurance is 3 hr 30 min.The service ceiling and Rate of climb is 4420 m and 4.1 m/s respectively.