Del'd: 11 - 1978 to 1990





Aircraft delivered October 1978 to Rhodesia
Eleven AB.205A obtained covertly and delivered in crates in August 1978. The first was assembled and flew in October 1978. These helicopter were fitted with armour plating and machine guns. Used by 8 Sqn for the troop transport role. The survivors were put up for sale in 1990. Apparently, 13 new AB.205s had been ordered by a customer in Kuwait, on behalf of the Rhodesian Air Force. The new helicopters were delivered via Lebanon, where the local Christian Militia took the opportunity to swap them for 11(12?) worn-out ex-Israeli Air Force machines, before shipping them on to southern Africa. Rhodesian Air Force engineers had a great deal of work to do before the helicopters could enter service.


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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1978/now8 Squadron
? to ?7 squadron


Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    4039 ab205a     6038: Zimbabwe airforce d/d Oct78 Rhodesia; 2006 str South Africa
    4037 ab205a     6082: Zimbabwe airforce d/d Oct78 Rhodesia; w/o unk
    4040 ab205a     6084: Zimbabwe airforce d/d Oct78 Rodhesia; w/o 06jan80
    4050 ab205a     6088: Zimbabwe airforce d/d Oct78 Rodhesia
    4051 ab205a     6098: Zimbabwe airforce d/d Oct78 Rodhesia; w/o 03sep79
    4052 ab205a     6180: Zimbabwe airforce d/d Oct78 Rodhesia
Royal Air Force of Oman 732: Royal Air Force of Oman, ex ZAF 6180
    4036 ab205a     6801: Zimbabwe airforce d/d Oct78 Rhodesia; w/o 14apr82
    4042 ab205a     6805: Zimbabwe airforce d/d Oct78 Rodhesia; 2006 str South Africa
    4049 ab205a     6807: Zimbabwe airforce d/d Oct78 Rodhesia; w/o 10feb79
    4035 ab205a     8600: Zimbabwe airforce d/d Oct78 Rhodesia; 2006 str South Africa
    4047 ab205a     8606: Zimbabwe airforce d/d Oct78 Rodhesia
Royal Air Force of Oman 733: Royal Air Force of Oman, ex ZAF 8606

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