Air International 1979-07
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??? - Seven-Thousand-Island Air Cover ... the Philippine Air Force
The F-86F Sabre now finally phasing out.
The introduction of refurbished F-8H Crusaders by the HHP's 5th Fighter Wing has resulted in a major boost in the service's combat potential. This ex-US Navy shipboard fighter is now performing the air superiority, air defence and close air support roles in Filipino service.
An F-8H Crusader of the 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the HHP's 5th Fighter Wing based at Basa in Northern Luzon.
The F-51D Mustang which served with the HHP (Philippine Air Force) from 1947 to 1959.
One of the 100th Training Wing's complement of Siai Marchetti SF 260MPs.
The Cessna T-41D is currently employed for the 70-hour primary training phase after which pupils progress to the SF 260MP (photo) for a further 130 hours. It is anticipated that the T-41D will be withdrawn from the syllabus in the near future.
Although now decidedly elderly, the Fairchild C-123K Provider is the second most numerous of the HHP's transport aircraft, 16 of these venerable aircraft currently equipping the 221st Squadron, some of them being ex-South Vietnamese machines.
Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopters of the 205th Airlift Wing, the Iroquois being numerically the most important aircraft type in the inventory of the HHP
One of the three L-100-20 Hercules (from five originally delivered of which one was resold to Canada) of the 222nd Squadron of the 220th Heavy Airlift Base in the Visayas.
One of the three MBB BO 105 helicopters assembled by the National Aero Manufacturing Corporation so far delivered to the 205th Airlift Wing is seen here with rocket armament, with a Navy Islander in the background.
The fledgeling naval air component has so far received five locally-assembled Islanders, one of which is illustrated, which are used for surveillance tasks.
The PBY-5A Catalina that fulfilled the air-sea rescue role.
The Cessna T-41D (photo) is currently employed for the 70-hour primary training phase after which pupils progress to the SF 260MP for a further 130 hours. It is anticipated that the T-41D will be withdrawn from the syllabus in the near future.
One of the 12 GAF Nomad N22s of the 223rd Squadron of the 220th Wing, these having self-sealing fuel tanks, wing hardpoints and casevac fittings.
One of the three MBB BO 105 helicopters assembled by the National Aero Manufacturing Corporation so far delivered to the 205th Airlift Wing is seen here with rocket armament, with a Navy Islander in the background.
A pylon-equipped MBB 105, this type of helicopter being destined for use by all Filipino armed services.