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   North American P-51 Mustang

   Polikarpov I-16
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   Supermarine Spitfire
   Yakovlev Yak-3
   Yakovlev Yak-9


Trainers:
  
Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan (C-45)
   Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
   Boeing / Stearman PT-17

   Commonwealth CA-25 Winjeel
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   DeHavilland DH-82 Tiger Moth
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   N. American T-28 Trojan

   Piaggio P149
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   Yakovlev Yak-18
   Yakovlev Yak-52


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   Martin B-26 Marauder
   North American B-25 Mitchell


Transports:
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   Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
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   Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper
   Westland Lysander


Jets:
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   Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
   McDonnell-Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
   McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom
   Messerschmitt Me-262
   Mikoyan MiG-15
   Mikoyan MiG-17
   Mikoyan MiG-21
   N. Am. F-86 Sabre / FJ-4 Fury
   N. Am. F-100 Super Sabre
   N. Am. / Rockwell T-2 Buckeye
   Northrop T-38 Talon / F-5
   PZL / WSK TS-11 Iskra
   Saab J35 Draken
   Soko G-2A Galeb
   Temco Pinto & Super Pinto


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BAC 167 Strikemaster

(Variants/Other Names: None)


BAC Strikemaster
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History: Grandchild of the propeller-driven Hunting Percival Provost training aircraft, and close sibling to the Jet Provost trainer, the two-seat, jet-propelled BAC 167 Strikemaster multi-role attack aircraft was deemed especially well-suited for advanced training, counterinsurgency, ground attack and reconnaissance functions.

A direct derivative of the Jet Provost T Mk 5, the Strikemaster was modified with an up-rated engine, wing hard-points, a strengthened airframe, new communication and navigation gear, up-rated ejection seats, a revised fuel system, and shortened landing gear.

Capable of operating from rough air strips, with dual ejection seats suitable even for low-altitude escape, it was widely used by the air forces of Botswana, Ecuador, Kenya, Kuwait, New Zealand, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Yemen and Sudan, and saw combat in Ecuador, Oman and South Yemen during its service life.

In its combat configuration the Strikemaster was fitted with two .303 machine guns, each with 525 rounds of ammunition. With eight hard-points, the wings could carry an external load of 3,000 lbs. of bombs, rockets or Napalm.

Of the 16 Strikemasters acquired by the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1972, use of the aircraft was reduced from 1981 onward, after cracking was discovered in the main wing structures. Turbulence and high usage were given as the probable cause. Considering the necessary re-winging of the aircraft to be an unwarrantable expense, the RNZAF retired them in 1994, replacing them with the Aermacchi MB339-CB. Similar problems with the Strikemaster led the air force of Ecuador to ground their fleet of the aircraft for months at a time while causes were identified and corrected, where possible.

The last new Strikemasters were built in 1984. In all, 146 were sold. While few, if any, remain in active military service, many have been given new lives as refurbished "warbirds" in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. The side-by-side two-seater has a top speed of 518 mph and a maximum range of 1382 miles, making it an attractive sport aircraft for those who relish such performance.   [History by Kevin Murphy]

Nicknames: Blunty (affectionate name within the Royal New Zealand Air Force)

Specifications:
        Engine: One 3410-pound thrust Rolls-Royce Viper Mk 535 turbojet.
        Weight: Empty 6,195 lbs., Max Takeoff 11,500 lbs.
        Wing Span: 36ft. 10in.
        Length: 34ft. 0in.
        Height: 10ft. 2in.
        Performance:
            Maximum Speed: 518 mph
            Range: 1,382 miles
        Armament: Two 7.62-mm (0.3-inch) FN machine guns, plus eight underwing hard-points with up to 3,000 pounds of rockets, Napalm tanks, bombs, gun pods, reconnaissance pods, fuel tanks and/or gun cameras.

Number Built: 146

Number Still Airworthy: 15+

Links:
Australian Jet Adventures -- BAC 167 Strikemaster rides in Melbourne, Australia.
Eduardo's Page -- Strikemaster 3-view drawings
Everett Aero --
A UK-based company specializing in the sale and support of British ex-military jets, including the Strikemaster.
No. 535 Squadron "Vipers" -- Strikemaster and Jet Provost Operators
 

Fly Strikemasters Over Sydney!

 

 

 


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