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Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 2 x 1 870 shp General Electric CT-7 turboprops
Speed: 445 kph, 277mph mph
Range: 3 750km, 2,330miles
Seats: 2+44
Length: 21.4m, 70ft 3in
Span: 25.81m, 8ft 8in
Empty Weight: 9 800kg, 21,605lb
Max T/O Weight: 15 800kg, 34,833lb
Period of Service: 1994 - 2011

Weapons:
None specified

Squadrons:
44 Squadron

Attrition:
No incidents found

CN 235

Status: Retired
Manufacturer: CASA
Country of Manufacture: International
Role: Medium transport
 
Description:

The SAAF inherited its CN235 in 1994 from the Bophuthatswana Defence Force Air Wing, who acquired theirs in 1991.

The type originated as a joint venture between Casa of Spain and IPTN of Indonesia, at the time manufacturing Casa 212s under license. The CN235 sports high wings, an unswept rear fuselage with ramp and a retractable tricycle landing gear, with the rear wheels retracting into external fairings to ensure an unrestricted cabin. Like the C212, the C235 is a short-take-off and landing aircraft with a rough field capability. It is also said to have excellent low-level flying characteristics - for tactical penetration missions.

The SAAF CN235 (tail number 8026) was the original prototype built by Casa. It first saw service in SA with the now defunct Bophuthatswana Defence Force Air Wing with tail number T330 in 1991. It became part of the SAAF inventory in 1994 when the SANDF was brought into being. 

The aircraft was retired form service in late 2011.


Images:

CN235M 8026 in 2006. CN235M 8026 in 2006. CN 235 8026 over the Hartebeestpoort Dam near Pretoria.