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I an ex member of both 7 and 8 Squadron's of the Rhodesian war spending most of my operational time on Seven Squadron as a K Car gunner. I was credited for shooting down a fixed wing aircraft from a K Car on the 9 August 1979. This blog is from articles for research on a book which I HAVE HANDED THIS MANUSCRIPT OVER TO MIMI CAWOOD WHO WILL BE HANDLING THE PUBLICATION OF THE BOOK OF WHICH THERE WILL BE VERY LIMITED COPIES AVAILABLE Contact her on yebomimi@gmail.com The latest news is that the Editing is now done and we can expect to start sales and deliveries by the end of April 2011

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

RHODAF BASES AND STRENGTH 1980


RHODESIAN AIR FORCE BASES
Main Operating Bases
New Sarum –Salisbury
Thornhill –Gwelo
Forward Air Fields (FAF)
FAF 1 Wankie
FAF 2 Kariba
FAF 3 Centenary
FAF 4 Mount Darwin
FAF 5 Mtoko
FAF 6 Chipinga
FAF 7 Buffalo Range
FAF 8 Grand Reef
FAF 9 Rutenga

Two strategic airfields were built in 1970 at Fylde and Wankie. These were completed with a control tower, aircraft shelters and blast revetment. These bases also had sophisticated underground fuel storage farms. FAF 1 was at Wankie town and not at the strategic airfield. The Air force used other airfields in the country as required.

Strength of Rhodesian Air force in 1980
Hunter FGA 9 9
Vampire FB 52 4
Vampire T11/55 3
C47 Dakota 12
BN-2A Islander 5
DC 7C 1
Cessna 421 1
AL-60B Trojan 6
F337G Lynx 17
Canberra B2 2
SF 260C Genet 16
SF 260W Genet 13
Alouette 3 26 (Excluding 16 SAAF)
Alouette 2 6
AB 205A Cheetah 8

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I am interested especially on hearing from former ZANLA and ZIPRA combatants who also have thier story to tell.