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    HFB-320 Hansa Jet

    HFB-320 Hansa Jet TC-OMR (cn 1047) as seen at Le Bourget on 1st June 1991 (Photo: Kevin Colbran)

    Some Hansa Jet History:

    The HFB-320 Hansa Jet is an all-metal, twin-engine, ten-seat business jet which was built by German aircraft manufacturer Hamburger Flugzeugbau (HFB) between 1964 and 1973.

    One of the most distinguishing features of this aircraft is its forward-swept wing, which is mid-mounted with the wing spar passing through the fuselage behind the passenger cabin. It remains the only civilian jet to employ a forward-swept wing.

    The prototype first flew on 21 April 1964 and was exhibited at the May 1964 Hanover Air Show. A second prototype was flown on 19 October 1964. After a year of certification flight testing, the first prototype crashed on 12 May 1965, due to a design fault in the T-tail. Hamburger Flugzeugbau's chief test pilot perished in the crash. As a result of the accident, modifications were made to improve the aircraft's stall performance, including a stick pusher.

    Assembly of the first ten production aircraft began in May 1965, with the first flying on 2 February 1966. German type certification was achieved on 23 February 1967, with American certification following on 7 April 1967. Italcementi of Italy took first customer delivery on 26 September 1967. Other corporate purchasers of the HFB-320 included the Argentinian state-owned Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales oil company.

    Some additional Hansa Jet images:

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    Cessna 550 Citation II G-DJBE (cn 550-0154) as seen at Teesside Airport in the early 80's (Photo: Roger Richards)

    Owned by DJB Engineering of Peterlee, Durham, this was one of the first Citation II's to be delivered to the UK.


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      Learjet 24

      Gates Learjet 24 OY-EGE (cn 24-124) as seen at Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport on 23rd October 1971 (Photo: Erik Frikke)