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Military Demonstrators

Military demonstrator aircraft that landed in Malta on their way to their destination.

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AIRCRAFT OPERATOR SERIAL NOTES HISTORY
HS Hawk T. Mk.1 Hawker Siddeley XX156 Arrived for hot-weather trials between 26.06.75-18.07.75. Accompanied by HS.125, G-BAZB, and an A&AEE Britannia XX367. First Hawk to be seen in Malta.  
BAe Hawk T. Mk.1 BAe G-HAWK/ZA101 Night stop between 19-20.01.78 on its way to a Middle Eastern tour. Accompanied by HS.748, G-BDVH. It returned on 16 February.  
BAe Hawk Mk.50 BAe G-HAWK/ZA101 Night stop between 05-06.08.81 on another Middle Eastern tour, returning on 19.08.81.  
BAe Hawk Mk.50 BAe ZA101 Stop-over on another Middle Eastern tour between 31.03.84-01.04.83, returning on 18.04.83. Grey fuselage with a red fin, it had ‘HAWK’ after the fuselage roundel and was accompanied by BAC 1-11, G-AVOF.  
BAe Hawk Mk. 100 BAe ZA101 Night stop between 31.09.88-01.10.88. All white fuselage, converted to a Mk.100, with an elongated nose, housing FLIR equipment. Accompanied Hawk 200, ZH200 (below). Both aircraft were on their way to Australia for a demonstration to the RAAF.  
Bae Hawk Mk.200 BAe ZH200 Night stop between 31.09.88-01.10.88. Single seat version, accompanied ZA101. Both aircraft were on their way to Australia for a demonstration to the RAAF.  
BAe Hawk Mk. 128 BAe Systems ZJ961 Aircraft arrived on 08.02.08. Aircraft went unserviceable and remained in Malta pending repairs, departing on 14th.  
Casa 295 Airbus Military EC-296 Refueling stop on 12.04.12, c/s EC296A. Another night stop between 28-29.03.16, c/s AEDS1, with another night stop between 16-17.04.16 on its return flight from Hurghada airport.  
Embraer KC-390 Brazilian AF FAB2853 Arrived in company with Super Tucano PT-ZTU on 14.11.19, c/s BRS61. Departed after refueling, but Tucano night-stopped. Again seen, this time night-stopping, between 25/26.11.19.  
Embraer-134 A29B Super Tucano Embraer PT-ZNV Night stop between 05-06.02.16, departing for Hurghada International Airport, Egypt. Final destination, Singapore.  
Embraer KC-390 Embraer PT-ZNF Night stop between 22-23.07.16. In the camouflage colours of the Brazilian AF.  
Supermarine Type 221 Southampton Mk. IV     S1648 S1648 was the prototype Scapa, built to Specification R.20/3l, and was originally known as the Supermarine Type 221 Southampton Mk. IV. But so radical were the changes embodied, that in September 1933, the aeroplane was re-designated Scapa.

First flown in 1932 it was powered by two Rolls Royce Kestrel 1 engines. Whereas the Southampton 2 had a metal hull and wooden wings, the Scapa was all-metal. Considerable improvements to hull by drodynamics were made and the engine nacelles were attached to the upper mainplane. Crew compliment remained at five.

During development, for which purpose S1648 spent some months at Felixstowe, Kestrel 111MS powerplants were fitted, and these were chosen for production aircraft. Bristol Jupiters could alternatively have been fitted but were not.

In 1933, the flying boat was flown out to No.202 squadron at Kalafrana, where it was referred to as the “new” Southampton, although exact arrival date is unknown. During subsequent tests it was found that, with an operational load, nonstop flights from Malta to Gibraltar were quite within the aircraft's capabilities, the aircraft returning from Gibraltar on 10.06.33.

On the 26th, the aircraft was flown to Port Sudan for hot weather trails, returning to Malta on 20th July.

Six days later, on the 26th, S1648 departed for Gibraltar, on its first leg back to the UK.
        
 
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