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 Post subject: Casa 235 comes to rest
PostPosted: 24 Jul 2012, 11:35 
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On Wednesday 18 July 2012 Casa 235 from 44 squadron was flown to the SAAF Museum at Swartkops air force base, her final resting place.
The aircraft was removed from active service due to escalating operational costs due to her being one of the original CASA 235 prototypes, thus suffering from a serious shortage of spare parts as she does not use the same parts as the commercially produced versions.
She served her air force well over numerous years.The aircraft hails from the former Bophuthatswana Air Force, then being integrated into the SAAF post 1994.

The aircraft will be housed at the SAAF museum at AFB Swartkops, where she will be maintained and well looked after by a dedicated and devoted group of staff and volunteers.
Below are some photos of the flight and shutdown.
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The crew that brought this beautiful aircraft to Swartkops, and the officer commanding 44 sqdrn, Ruan Potgieter.

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OC SAAF museum Lt.Col Mike O' Connor receiving the CASA 235 from OC 44 sdrn Ruan Potgieter.

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The cockpit of this beautiful aircraft.
May she rest in peace, and be preserved for generations to come!

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PostPosted: 24 Jul 2012, 16:51 
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Great sequence of pics - capturing a historical moment. =D> Thanks for sharing. :smt023


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PostPosted: 24 Jul 2012, 17:31 
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Will it be kept airworthy =D> or static :cry: ?

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PostPosted: 24 Jul 2012, 17:49 
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fix-a-dak wrote:
Will it be kept airworthy =D> or static :cry: ?

Well, the museum CO's mandate is to maintain aircraft in the condition he received them, BUT, this being a prototype and spares a major issue, i suspect ground running condition...................................

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Most memorable multi patient aero medical evacuation platform....
Will be missed.


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