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Spain’s Arrow — the Hispano Aviación HA-200 Saeta (Arrow)

31 October 2012

Spain’s Arrow — the Hispano Aviación HA-200 Saeta (Arrow)

35º 44′ 30″ N / 81º 23′ 22″ W

Hispano Aviación HA-200 Saeta (Arrow) at the  Hickory Aviation Museum — photo by Joseph May

Willy Messerschmitt left Germany after WW II’s end to continue what he did best — design advanced aircraft — as treaty limitations did not allow him to work on military aircraft in his home country. Spain, no stranger in using German aircraft designs, quickly engaged Messerschmitt and soon the Hispano Aviación HA-200 Saeta (Arrow) flew into Spanish skies during the 1950s. The HA-200 is Spain’s first domestic turbojet powered aircraft.

Closer  view showing the Saeta’s tandem cockpit (which was pressurized) — photo by Joseph May

Saeta’s served as a training aircraft as well as a strike aircraft. Twin side-by-side engines mounted in the mid fuselage receive air from an unusual oval shaped nose intake with exhausts at the trailing portion of the wing roots. The pressurized cockpit has two crew positions in tandem with a pair of 20mm nose mounted cannon.

The Saeta has a clean aerodynamic shape with both engines nestled closely together as well as  a 20mm cannon mounted  above each engine intake — photo by Joseph May

The solid design of the HA-200 with wing tip tanks supplementing fuel for the always thirsty turbojet engines — photo by Joseph May

This Saeta is exhibited at the Hickory Aviation Museum and is in Spanish Air Force livery — quite an unusual site to see in the USA.

Quarter on view of the Saeta — photo by Joseph May

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. 31 October 2012 07:37

    I am so proud of my hometown Hickory Aviation Museum. I can remember when they formed the Hickory Sabre Society to “adopt” their first aircraft for resteration, (you guessed it; a F-86 Sabre Jet), it was slow going at first but they did it and it was a wonderful lesson in perseverance and determination by a few. I want to thank them all. Anyway, I am so proud of being from Hickory North Carolina and I salute the H.A.M. for aquiring the Hispano Aviación HA-200 Saeta Arrow, that was a real unique find for them.
    Joe, Thank you for giving Hickory Aviation Museum and their Fly-in the recognition it deserves. They have a dedicated group that work so hard and ask very little in return, to make the H.A.M. the best “World Class” museum that it is fast becoming.
    JR Hafer, aviation writer
    http://JRHaferAviationBlog.com

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      3 November 2012 13:53

      Proud you should be … their newsletters show accessions which are increasing the museum’s quality.

  2. 31 October 2012 08:02

    JRHaferAviationBlog.com endorses our hometown Hickory Aviation Museum. The H.A.M. is quickly becoming a “World Class” aviation museum. Their annual Fly-in is growing bigger each year and I am convinced that someday it will rival Oshkosh if they are determined to go that direction. In the shadows of the grand Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina there can be no other stage better for a backdrop for a more scenic and wonderful friendly atmosphere for yet another “World Class” Venue…
    Hickory Aviation Museum, (The H.A.M.) Hickory, North Carolina Good job! Good Luck!
    JR Hafer, aviation writer
    http://JRHaferAviationBlog.com

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      3 November 2012 13:56

      The fly-in looks like a great one to go to … the fly-in and the Blue Ridge … what a wonderful vacation idea 🙂

  3. linda permalink
    6 May 2013 12:54

    I believe it was a Saeta that crashed at an Air Show in Madrid yesterday.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      6 May 2013 18:04

      Yes, it appears you are correct. A sad event, of course 😦

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