Katangan Air Force
1. De Havilland DH 104 Dove
Serial no. KAT-14, Avikat, Luano airfield, Katanga, July 1961. Aircraft is in Natural Metal/Aluminium finish overall with White upper fuselage and Green trim. Katangan flag is Red and White with a central diagonal Green stripe. Three Copper crosses are positioned in the White portion of the flag. Katangan roundel appears in four wing positions. Roundel is (from outside) Red, Green and White with three Copper crosses in centre. This aircraft was formerly serialled D.14 when in service with the Belgian Force Publique.
2. North American T-6G Texan
Serial no. KA-30, Avikat, Kolwezi, October 1962. Aircraft is camouflaged in Olive Green and Medium Grey on the uppersurfaces with Light Blue undersurfaces. No roundels were carried, but a Copper Katangan cross was positioned under the cockpit on the port fuselage side. Serial numbers were in White. The spinner is painted in a brighter shade of Green. Other Katangan T-6Gs have been noted in a three-tone patchwork camouflage scheme consisting of Purple-Brown, Green and Brown-Yellow.
3. Fouga CM.170 Magister
Serial no. KAT-93, Avikat, Luano airfield, Katanga, July 1961. Piloted by Sub-Lieutenant Dubois. Aircraft is in Natural Metal finish overall with Orange stripes on forward and rear fuselage. Wing tip tanks are Orange. Katangan roundel appears on fuselage only. Roundel is (from outside) Red, Green and White with three Copper crosses in centre. This aircraft was assigned the serial MT-39 when ordered for the Belgian Air Force. KAT-93 developed engine problems in July 1961, and, with the fatal crash of KAT-91, left KAT-92 as the sole operational Magister with Avikat.
Pictures and text from Issue 3 of Insignia Magazine
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