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The Hawker Siddeley HS-748 in service with South African Airways


INTRODUCTION

South African Airways operated five Hawker Siddeley 748s in total. Two (ZS-HSA and ZS-HSI) were leased from Hawker Siddeley Aviation pending delivery of the airline’s own aircraft. ZS-HSI was leased from May to September 1970, while ZS-HSA was leased from September 1970 to February 1971. The three HS-748s bought by SAA were registered ZS-SBU to ZS-SBW. Two of these aircraft (ZS-SBU and ZS-SBV) were delivered in February 1971. The third was initially leased by Air Botswana before being delivered to SAA in May 1971. These HS-748s were named after Skukuza, a rest camp in the Kruger National Park, the Etosha game reserve in South West Africa/Namibia and the Umfolozi game reserve in Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal). The HS-748 could be operated from short and rough airfields. SAA used the aircraft on the regional routes to the neighbouring states of Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland as well as to South West Africa/Namibia. Hawker Siddeley 748s ZS-SBU, ZS-SBV and ZS-SBW were sold to Austin Air of Canada towards the end of 1983.
 
DETAILS OF THE FIVE AIRCRAFT
 
ZS-HSA         Hawker Siddeley 748-214 Series 2; construction number 1576; 1965 model
 
                        Identities: G-ATAM; first flight on 9 February 1965; registered 28 January 1965 to BKS Air Transport; 6 July 1966 transferred to unqualified owner (to Mexico); XA-SEI, Aerotaxis, leased from June 1966 to January 1967; G-ATAM, registered 16 January 1967 to BKS Air Transport, 17 July 1967 change of ownership; 4 August 1967 registered to Hawker Siddeley Aviation; 5 October 1967 transferred to unqualified owner (to Phillipines); PI-C1020, Phillipine Airlines, leased from October 1967 to February 1968; G-ATAM, 25 February 1969 registered to Hawker Siddeley Aviation; converted to Series 2A-214; 8 April 1969 transferred to unqualified owner (to Ghana); 9G-ABV, Ghana Airways, leased from April to June 1969; G-ATAM, 16 July 1969 registered to Hawker Siddeley Aviation; 8 January 1970 transferred to unqualified owner (to Denmark); OY-DFS, Maersk Air, leased from January to February 1970; G-ATAM, 6 March 1970 registered to Hawker Siddeley Aviation; 29 March 1970 transferred to unqualified owner (to Zambia); 9J-ABL, Zambia Airways, leased from March to September 1970; G-ATAM, 7 September 1970 registered to Hawker Siddeley Aviation; 10 September 1970 transferred to unqualified owner (to South Africa); ZS-HSA, South African Airways, leased from September 1970 to February 1971; G-ATAM, 26 February 1971 registered to Hawker Siddeley Aviation; BKS Air Transport; 26 September 1972 transferred to unqualified owner (to Gabon); TR-LQY, registered 1972, Compagnie Aerienne Gabonaise, delivered 1972; Air Gabon, transferred 1974; 1976 withdrawn from use; C-GMAA, Air Ontario (latest certificate of registration issued 8 January 1988, certificate of registration cancelled 28 February 1989); Air Creebec (registered since 5 May 1989, certificate of registration cancelled 6 May 1999); Wasaya Airways (registered since 6 May 1999, still on the current register)
 
rzjets http://www.rzjets.net/aircraft/?parentid=1119&typeid=125&frstatus=3,
Canadian Civil Aircraft Register http://wwwapps2.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/2/ccarcs/aspscripts/en/history.asp
Civil Aviation Authority, UK http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=detailnosummary&fullregmark=ATAM
website lineone.net http://website.lineone.net/~biggles200/G-Atam.htm
 
ZS-HSI           Hawker Siddeley 748-239 Series 2A; construction number 1635; built in 1967
 
                        Identities: G-AVRR, registered 14 July 1967 to Hawker Siddeley Aviation; transferred to unqualified owner 27 April 1969 (to Canada); CF-YQD; G-AVRR, registered 30 May 1969 to Hawker Siddeley Aviation; transferred to unqualified owner 10 December 1969 (to South Africa); ZS-IGI, registered December 1969, Air Cape leased; G-AVRR, 24 December 1969 registered to Hawker Siddeley Aviation; 22 March 1970 transferred to unqualified owner (to Zambia); 9J-ABM, registered 1970; G-AVRR, 30 April 1970 registered to Hawker Siddeley Aviation; 1 May 1970 transferred to unqualified owner (to South Africa); ZS-HSI, registered May 1970, South African Airways leased May to September 1970; G-AVRR, 15 September 1970 registered to Hawker Siddeley Aviation; 22 October 1971 transferred to unqualified owner (to Gabon); TR-LQJ, Compagnie Aerienne Gabonaise; Air Gabon transferred 1974; withdrawn from use1976; C-GEPH, Eastern Provincial Airways; written off 29 December 1981 CYQY; removed from Canadian register 10 November 1987
 
Air-Britain Civil Aircraft Registers of Africa 1981
Canadian Civil Aircraft Register http://wwwapps2.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/2/ccarcs/aspscripts/en/history.asp
Civil Aviation Authority, UK http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=AVRR
rzjets http://rzjets.net/aircraft/?reg=125548
 
ZS-SBU         Hawker Siddeley 748-272 Series 2A; built 1971; construction number 1690
 
                        Identities: ZS-SBU, delivery date to SAA 17 February 1971, named Skukuza; to C-GGNZ, registered in November 1983 to Austin Airways (certificate of registration cancelled 20 October 1987); subsequently to Air Ontario (certificate of registration cancelled 16 January 1989; reissued 26 January 1989; cancelled 9 March 1989); Air Creebec in April 1989 (registered since 5 April 1989; certificate of registration cancelled 27 May 1999); Bradley Air Services in June 1999 (registered since 18 June 1999 to this airline; certificate of registration cancelled 9 October 2007); First Air, leased June 1999; stored CYRP
 
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An open day was held in the technical area of South African Airways at Jan Smuts Airport (FAJS) on 24 October 1981. HS-748 ZS-SBU was put on static display. Note the English titles on the aircraft.


Here ZS-SBU is seen in the SAA technical area in June 1983. At this stage SAA aircraft carried bilingual titles (each language on different sides). The Afrikaans titles appear on the starboard side of the aircraft.


Another shot of ZS-SBU in the same month and at the same place. The last three letters of the reggie are repeated on the radome. The propellers are painted in different colours to warn people approaching the aircraft from the front of the turning propellers.

ZS-SBV       ZS-SBV         Hawker Siddeley 748-272 Series 2A; construction number 1692; built 1971; first flight 29 January 1971 
                        Identities: ZS-SBV, South African Airways (delivered 17 February 1971), named Etosha; C-GGOO, registered November 1983 to Austin Airways (certificate of registration cancelled 21 October 1987); registered December 1987 to Air Ontario (certificate of registration cancelled 8 February 1989); registered February 1989 to Air Creebec; registered September 1991 to Bradley Air Services (certificate of registration cancelled 6 October 1991); registered November 1991 to Air Creebec (certificate of registration cancelled 25 November 1991); 29 November 1991 written off
 
rzjets http://www.rzjets.net/aircraft/?page=3&typeid=125
 

In this image Hawker Siddeley 748 ZS-SBV is illustrated in one of the maintenance hangars in the South African Airways technical area on 24 October 1981. In this instance the Afrikaans titles appear on the port side of the aircraft.


This image of HS-748 ZS-SBV and Airbus A300 ZS-SDA (taken in June 1983 at FAJS) clearly illustrates that the same language did not appear on the same side on the aircraft of SAA. The difference in the size of the two aircraft is also well illustrated.


Hawker Siddeley 748 ZS-SBV is illustrated at Jan Smuts (in the South African Airways technical area) in June 1983.

ZS-SBW        Hawker Siddeley 748-272 Series 2A; construction number 1691; built in 1971
 
                        Identities: (ZS-SBW); A2-ZFT, Air Botswana, leased 29 January 1971, named Okavango; ZS-SBW (registered May 1971), returned May 1971 to SAA, Umfolozi; C-GGOB, registered December 1983 to Austin Airways; CR830, Sri Lanka Air Force, bought 1985
 
rzjets http://www.rzjets.net/aircraft/?page=3&typeid=125
Air-Britain Civil Aircraft Registers of Africa 1981
 

South African Airways HS-748 ZS-SBW is depicted on 25 May 1983 at the same place


A different view of the same aircraft is shown on the same day. In this case only one of the propellers is painted. Also note the last three letters of the registration on the radome

OTHER SOURCES
 
AeroTransport Data Bank
South African Airways in Pictures
Winged Springboks 1934 to 1996, “The Aircraft of South African Airways through sixty-two years as Africa’s premier Air Carrier”, Ivan Spring, Spring Air
 
 
 
 
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