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.
| ENGINE||1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel VFP, 453kW|
| Take-off weight||2171 kg||4786 lb|
| Empty weight||1429 kg||3150 lb|
| Wingspan||11.35 m||37 ft 3 in|
| Length||9.02 m||30 ft 7 in|
| Height||3.17 m||10 ft 5 in|
| Wing area||32.33 m2||348.00 sq ft|
| Max. speed||283 km/h||176 mph|
| Ceiling||6705 m||22000 ft|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 7.7mm machine-guns|
|A 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?
Do you have any comments?
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