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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)


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        G-1159 Gulfstream II N1040 (cn. 40) as seen at London Gatwick on 29th June 1972 (Photo: Steve Fowler)


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          HS125-1A CF-PQG (cn. 25036) as seen at Toronto International Airport on 12th April 1967
          (Photo by Mike Ody courtesy of George Trussell)

          Operated by the Transport and Communications unit of the Government of Quebec.


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            HS125-1 (cn 25003) G-ARYC as seen at Liverpool Airport on 13th May 1966 (Photo: Ken Fielding)

            Originally registered to the de Havilland Company in 1962, this craft went on to serve with Rolls Royce until 1976 when she was decommissioned.