29/03/2011

A Dominican Feast!








The Escuadrón de Combate "Dragone's" based at San Isidro-San Domingo operate the A-29B Super Tucano on Drug Interdiction duties. Eight were ordered, being delivered from 2009, and replacing the elderly A-37B's.



Two Photo's above show an ex USAF OA-37B Dragonfly sometime during the mid ninetie's. Eight were delivered to the Escuadrón de Combate during 1984, and served until around 2010. FAD3707 (c/n 43430) is former USAF 73-1067.


Seen sometime during the late 60's is one the Fuersza Aerea Dominicana's 17 ex Swedish Air Force Vampire FB.MK.50's that were recieved during 1957. FAD2727 (Swedish 28174) is seen here at San Isidro with the Escuadrón de Combate.


AT-100 Super Ximango FAD1705 is one of around two that have been delivered to the FAD for observation dutie's. They are operated by the Escuadrón de Transporte Aéreo.


Eight militarised civilian Bell 205A-1's were aquired between 1976 and 1983 for operation with the Escuadrón de Rescate. FAD3026 (c/n 30182) was sold back to Bell Textron during 2000.


Seen at San Isidro recently, is C-45H Expeditor FAD1510, devoid of any marking's and in a rather bad state.


The Escuadrón de Transporte uses several types for both general transport and liason task's. FAD3500 is one of three CASA C.212-400 Aviocar's in service.


Cessna 207 Super Skywagon FAD1537 is now back in Air Force service after a brief spell on the civil register. She is operated by the Escuadrón de Transporte.


Another type operated by the Escuadrón de Transporte, is the Cessna 210 Super Centurion. FAD1542 is seen here, taking off from it's San Isidro base.


FAD1546 is one of three Eagle Aviation EA-100S aircraft that were delivered to the Escuela de Aviacion at San Isidro during 2010.


This S-55C Chickasaw is a survivor of  three that were delivered during the late 50's. She served with the Escuadrón de Rescate, and is seen here on display at Air Force's museum.


PA-31-350 Navajo FAD1539 of the Escuadrón de Transporte, looking rather smart in it's overall light grey scheme.


Three Beech Queen Air's have served with the FAD through time. FAD1528 (c/n LC-269) still carries it's former identity, and is seen here stored at San Isidro. She was proberly wfu soon after delivery, and is a Queen Air A65.


Four Schweizer 333 helicopter's were delivered to the Escuela de Aviacion during 2004. FAD3042 (c/n 0044A) being  one of them.


Three T-35B Pillan's from the  Escuela de Aviacion. At least two have been lost since thier delivery during 2000, out of  the Eight recieved.


This is one of six UH-1H's recieved during 1998 for operation within the Escuadrón de Rescate. They were replaced in 2004 by upgraded Huey II's.



(All Photo's  Copyright of Dax M. Roman)

Eight UH-1H-II Huey II's have been delivered. They are now appearing in the new two-tone grey scheme (lower two pics) after maintenance.






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