Hawker Hartbees


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Hawker Hartbees

The Hartbees was another development of the Hart produced to a South African Air Force requirement for a two-seat general-purpose aircraft. Sixty-five were built under licence at the Aircraft and Artillery Depot at Roberts Heights, joining four Hawker-built aircraft. These remained in service throughout World War II, ending their time as trainers.

Hawker Hartbees

 ENGINE1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel VFP, 453kW
  Take-off weight2171 kg4786 lb
  Empty weight1429 kg3150 lb
  Wingspan11.35 m37 ft 3 in
  Length9.02 m30 ft 7 in
  Height3.17 m10 ft 5 in
  Wing area32.33 m2348.00 sq ft
  Max. speed283 km/h176 mph
  Ceiling6705 m22000 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns

Hawker HartbeesA three-view drawing (1298 x 1116)

Riaan Nel, e-mail, 28.01.2015 14:34

I am building a 25% scale model (as far as possible) of the only remaining Hartbees which is in the Museum of military history in Saxonwold, Johannesburg.
Any photos of and stories about those aircraft will be very much appreciated. Must add - one of the most difficult models I've ever tackled.


Pino, e-mail, 14.01.2015 04:28

I have an original propellor from the Hawker Hartbees proudly on display in my office.
For sale depending on the best offer.
Email me if interested.


Ken Horton, e-mail, 29.07.2009 09:04

Came across the type while reading 'The Right of the Line' John Terraine ISBN 1-85326-683-3. These aircraft were used in support of the very successful East African campaign about which I know too little. It seems there is no end to the number of Hawker Hart variants, which were produced.


Denis McLaren, e-mail, 18.02.2007 22:26

In 1940 while living in Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia, I remember seeing many silver bi-planes arriving at the local aerodrome. Could these have been SAAF Hawker Hartbees aircraft on their way up North?


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