Hispano HA-200

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HA-200 Saeta
HA-200 Saeta (recortada).jpg
Role Two-seat advanced jet trainer
Manufacturer Hispano Aviación
Designer Willy Messerschmitt
First flight 1955
Introduction 1962
Primary users Spanish Air Force
Egyptian Air Force
Number built 212 (90 in Egypt)
Developed from HA-100 Triana

The Hispano HA-200 Saeta was a 1950s Spanish two-seat advanced jet trainer produced by Hispano Aviación. It was later developed into the Hispano Aviación Ha-220 "Super Saeta" which was given an attack capability.

Design and development[edit]

The HA-200 Saeta (Arrow) was the first Spanish turbojet aircraft. It was designed by Willy Messerschmitt as the earlier piston-powered trainer HA-100 Triana; the HA-200 was a low-winged monoplane of all metal construction, with a tricycle undercarriage. It was powered by two Turbomeca Marboré mounted side by-side in the forward fuselage and fed from an intake in the nose, exhausting from nozzles just aft of the wing trailing edge; the crew of two was accommodated in tandem in a pressurized cockpit, the first to be Spanish built and designed.[1]

The prototype first flew on 12 August 1955,[2] and the first production aircraft flew in October 1962; the HA-200A aircraft were delivered to the Spanish Air Force with the designation E.14. A single seat version (the HA-220) for the ground-attack role was developed and delivered to the Spanish Air Force with the designation C.10, first flying on 25 April 1970,[3] remaining in service until the end of 1981.[4]

The aircraft was built in Egypt under license as the Helwan HA-200B Al-Kahira by the Helwan Air Works.

Operational history[edit]

In 1970, the HA-200 replaced the aging CASA 2.111 (a Spanish development of the Heinkel He 111) in Escuadrón 462 on the Canary Islands. From there they flew on detachments to Spanish Sahara. Late in 1974, during the Polisario uprisings, the planes flew their first combat missions. Polisario Front guerillas ambushed a police patrol from higher ground and caves, and held them pinned from their protected positions. Several T-6Ds with machine guns and a couple of UH-1 helicopters strafed the Polisario positions but with little effect. Very soon the first two Saetas arrived with 2.75" FFARs. Diving at a 45 degree angle toward the cave entrances, the stability of the HA-200 design proved itself without a doubt, as the rockets were observed flying straight into the caves. Following the initial rocket attacks, ground troops attempted to take the caves, but were pushed back.

The next morning, the Saetas arrived once more, in the company of more T-6s and UH-1 troop carriers; the attack pattern from the previous day proved itself once more, with a Forward Air Controller ordering fire where it would be most useful. Rockets entered the caves through the 5–10 foot entrances, with very few missing their target, it seems one of the rockets set off some mortar rounds, as there were several very large explosions. Soon, ground troops once again attempted to take the caves, but this time there was hardly any resistance. Most of the guerillas had been killed by the rockets from the Saetas.


The prototype HA-200R Saeta displayed at the 1957 Paris Air Show
HA-200R Saeta
Two prototype aircraft
HA-200A Saeta
Initial production version with, 30 built.
HA-200B Saeta
Ten pre-production aircraft with Turbomeca Marboré IIA engines for delivery to Egypt, another 90 built under licence in Egypt.
HA-200D Saeta
Improved version for the Spanish Air Force with updated systems, 55 built.
HA-200E Super Saeta
HA-200D re-engined with Marbore VI engines, updated avionics and provision for air-to-ground rockets, 40 conversions.
HA-220 Super Saeta
Ground attack version of the HA-200E for Spanish Air Force, 25 built.[3]
Hispano Aviacion HA-220D Super Saeta
E.14 Saeta
Spanish military designation of the two-seat versions of the HA-200.
C.10 Super Saeta
Spanish military designation of the single-seat ground-attack HA-220D & HA-220E versions.
Helwan HA-200B Al-Kahira
Designation of 90 Egyptian licence built aircraft.



Specifications (HA-200E)[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1965-66 [5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 8.92 m (29 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.02 m (36 ft 2 in) (over tip tanks)
  • Height: 3.26 m (10 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 17.40 m2 (187.3 sq ft)
  • Airfoil: 6.22:1
  • Empty weight: 1,990 kg (4,387 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 3,450 kg (7,606 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 1,389 L (367 US gal; 306 imp gal) (including tip tanks)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Turbomeca Marboré VI turbojets, 4.71 kN (1,058 lbf) thrust each


  • Maximum speed: 700 km/h (435 mph; 378 kn) at 8,000 m (26,000 ft)
  • Cruise speed: 600 km/h (373 mph; 324 kn) at 8,000 m (26,000 ft)
  • Stall speed: 130 km/h (81 mph; 70 kn) (flaps down)
  • Never exceed speed: 790 km/h (491 mph; 427 kn) (max dive speed)
  • Range: 1,400 km (870 mi; 756 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 13,000 m (43,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 16.99 m/s (3,345 ft/min)


  • Hardpoints: 2

See also[edit]


  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
  • Cruz, Gonzalo Avila (September–October 2001). "Spain's Arrow HA-200 Saeta: The First Spanish Jet Aircraft: Part One". Air Enthusiast. No. 95. Stamford, UK: Key Publishing. pp. 56–63. ISSN 0143-5450.
  • Cruz, Gonzalo Avila (November–December 2001). "Spain's Arrow HA-200 Saeta: The First Spanish Jet Aircraft: Part Two". Air Enthusiast. No. 96. Stamford, UK: Key Publishing. pp. 34–41. ISSN 0143-5450.
  • Cruz, Gozalo Avila (March–April 2003). "Tigers Over Morón: Hispano HA-220 Super Saeta". Air Enthusiast. No. 104. Stamford, UK: Key Publishing. pp. 39–47. ISSN 0143-5450.
  • Huertas, Salvador Mafé (April–June 1984). "The Iberian Arrow". Air Enthusiast. No. Twenty–four. pp. 22–30. ISSN 0143-5450.
  • Taylor, John W. R. (1965). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1965-66. London: Sampson Low, Marston.

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