Air Enthusiast 1972-02
A.Venter - Portugal's Forgotten War
North American T-6G Texan, B.A.1, Sintra, 1950.
One of the most effective aeroplanes for the kind of warfare waged by the Portugese Air Force in Guinea continues to be North American T-6, now a quarter of a century old.
Aerospatiale SA 316 Alouette III in Portugese Guinea, 1971.
An Aerospatiale Alouette III on the airstrip at Tite, south of Bissau, with Daimler armoured car guard.
A casualty receives preliminary treatment after being brought in from the jungle by Alouette III.
Nord 2501D Noratlas, Esquadra de Transportes, 1968.
Supplies arrive by Portugese Air Force Noratlas.
Fiat G.91/R.4, Grupo Operaccional B.A.12, Bissau, Portugese Guinea, 1967.
Fiat G.91R-4s of the Grupo Operacional B.A.12 photographed at Bissau in Portugese Guinea in 1967. These fighters were obtained by Portugal from West Germany and are now the only jets operational in Guinea.
Dornier Do 27 based at Nambuangongo, Angola, 1968.
Dornier Do 27s are used for communications duties throughout the area.
Still parked at Bissau is this Meteor NF Mk 14, one of two that were reported to be illegally en route to Biafra during the war there two ears ago.
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon, B.A.9, Luanda, Angola, 1962.
Although no longer used operationally, Lockheed PV-2 Harpoons, some of which were acquired from the Netherlands by the Portugese Air Force, have been based in the overseas territories for several years. Servicing and refuelling facilities were sometimes minimal, as this picture in Angola shows.