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 Post subject: Cessna Skymaster
PostPosted: 18 Jan 2021, 12:35 
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Hi

Does anyone have any info regarding the Cessna Skymaster in SAAF service, I've seen from numerous sources that we had in service in a transport role, but cant find any photos or service dates?
I have a 1/72 kit in my stash i would like to build, any photos or colour schemes would be helpful.

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 Post subject: Re: Cessna Skymaster
PostPosted: 19 Jan 2021, 10:49 
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The SAAF did not operate the Cessna 337 Skymaster - though the Rhodesian Air Force did where it was known as the Lynx.
The only likely possibility would have been an owner of a civil-registered example being a member of one of the SAAF Commando squadrons.

(would be interested to see the sources of this information .....)


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 Post subject: Re: Cessna Skymaster
PostPosted: 20 Jan 2021, 08:43 
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Thanks, i also figured it might have been a commando squadron, I'm no google or research expert, but this is where i found the info.

http://www.saairforce.co.za/the-airforc ... -skymaster

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_a ... _Air_Force

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 Post subject: Re: Cessna Skymaster
PostPosted: 03 Feb 2021, 07:01 
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Dean, maybe check your information on your site regarding the Cessna 336 ?

Wiki are not always correct with their information as is blatant here!

The SAAF permanent force never operated the C337 and as flyingspringbok mentioned it was possibly used by a commando squadron.
The commando squadron aircraft were owned by the individual member of the squadron and not the SAAF.


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 Post subject: Re: Cessna Skymaster
PostPosted: 03 Feb 2021, 07:25 
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Thanks, will double check.

I did not get the info from Wiki. Thought it was perhaps one of the aircraft informally impressed into service as war bounty in Angola? It certainly did not get a SAAF serial number.

But I do know of a Cessna C-34 Airmaster (1424) :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Cessna Skymaster
PostPosted: 04 Feb 2021, 07:27 
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Dean, I wasn't referring that you obtained your info from Wiki. Sorry if you did read it like that.

I was referring to post by mariussc and also trying to help general public that Wiki is not always correct, the posts on Wiki are updated times by the general public.

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 Post subject: Re: Cessna Skymaster
PostPosted: 04 Feb 2021, 13:29 
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No worries Geoff. 8)

Not sure why I put the Cessna Skymaster in the list, but I've now removed it until further confirmation is obtained. Apologies for the confusion.

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 Post subject: Re: Cessna Skymaster
PostPosted: 06 Feb 2021, 08:16 
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mariussc the Rhodesian's utilized the Cessna 337 Skymaster which was in fact a licenced build by as the Rheims Cessna FTB337.

18 of Rheims-Cessna FTB337G were purchased by the "Malagasy Fisheries Surveillance Company" a fictitious company from the Rheims Cessna factory in France and were delivered via 2 routes one east coast and the other west coast route around Africa.

A further 3 replacements were ordered by the "Panamanian Coast Guard" for the 4 losses sustained.

The aircraft were named Lynx in the Rhodesian Air Force service.

They were armed with 2 above wing mounted .303 Browning machine guns and underwing stores attached to 3 hardpoints per wing.

One Lynx defected to SA flown by a ground crew member of the Zimbabwe / Rhodesia Air Force seeking asylum in SA.

The aircraft was returned to Zimbabwe.

Standard Olive Drab and Dark Earth wrap-around camouflage was applied to the Lynx after delivery.


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