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BAC
Strikemaster

Developed in the early 1950's as the Jet Provost, the BAC Strikemaster carried out its role as a training and light attack aircraft well into the 1990's.
BAC Strikemaster Prototype (G-27-8) over Blackpool in 1967 BAC Strikemaster Prototype (G-27-8) over Blackpool in 1967
The BAC 167 Strikemaster was a further development of the Jet Provost, designed and built in the 1950's by Hunting Percival in Luton.  The Jet Provost was primarily a jet powered trainer for the RAF but it was also a successful light attack aircraft which saw success in the Middle-eastern export market. 
 
The Jet Provost T5 production continued alongside the development of the Strikemaster and the first prototype (G-27-8) flew from Warton on 26th October 1967.
 
Strikemaster was a weaponised version with an uprated Rolls-Royce Viper turbo-jet engine, a strengthened airframe and wing hard-points and fuel tanks together with a completely new communications and navigational system in the cockpit alongside dual ejector seats.
 
Initially marketed as a counter-insurgency aircraft, the Strikemaster also maintained its advanced trainer profile although most Middle-eastern users opted for the militarised version.  Its rough airfield capability and low-maintenance costs made it a favourite amongst many third world governments.
 
BAC Strikemaster Mk89 G-16-26 BAC Strikemaster Mk89 G-16-26
 
A total of 146 Strikemaster aircraft were built at Warton between 1967 – 1984 with the 2 major production types and 12 variants seeing service in 10 different countries as late as 2009.
 
In the UK, the RAF opted to continue with its Jet Provosts until the early 80’s which it subsequently replaced with the British Aerospace Hawk.
 
Today most surviving Strikemasters are in private hands and are in the care of enthisasts and museum groups.
 
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BAC Strikemaster Prototype (G-27-8) over Blackpool in 1967
BAC Strikemaster Prototype (G-27-8) over Blackpool in 1967

BAC Strikemaster Prototype (G-27-8) over Blackpool in 1967

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BAC Strikemaster Mk.80a Royal Saudi Air Force (1127) air to air
BAC Strikemaster Mk.80a Royal Saudi Air Force (1127) air to air

BAC Strikemaster Mk.80a Royal Saudi Air Force (1127) air to air

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BAC Strikemaster Mk.83 Kuwait Air Force air to air
BAC Strikemaster Mk.83 Kuwait Air Force air to air

BAC Strikemaster Mk.83 Kuwait Air Force air to air

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BAC Strikemaster Mk.88 New Zealand Air Force (NZ6361) in level flight 1972
BAC Strikemaster Mk.88 New Zealand Air Force (NZ6361) in level flight 1972

BAC Strikemaster Mk.88 New Zealand Air Force (NZ6361) in level flight 1972

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BAC Strikemaster Mk89 G-16-26
BAC Strikemaster Mk89 G-16-26

BAC Strikemaster Mk89 G-16-26

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BAC Strikemaster Mk.89 & Mk.90 (G-16-27, G-16-26 & others) production at Hurn 1980
BAC Strikemaster Mk.89 & Mk.90 (G-16-27, G-16-26 & others) production at Hurn 1980

BAC Strikemaster Mk.89 & Mk.90 (G-16-27, G-16-26 & others) production at Hurn 1980

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BAC Strikemaster Mk.90 Ecuador Air Force (G-16-27) 1980
BAC Strikemaster Mk.90 Ecuador Air Force (G-16-27) 1980

BAC Strikemaster Mk.80a Saudi Air Force (1107, 1113, 1110 & other) in close formation

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Variants

Strikemaster Mk80
25 Built
Export version for Saudi Arabia
Strikemaster Mk80A
20 Built
Export version for Saudi Arabia
Strikemaster Mk81
4 Built
Export version for South Yemen
Strikemaster Mk82
12 Built
Export version for Oman
Strikemaster Mk82A
12 Built
Export version for Oman
Strikemaster Mk83
12 Built
Export version for Kuwait
Strikemaster Mk84
16 Built
Export version for Singapore
Strikemaster Mk 87
6 Built
Export version for Kenya
Strikemaster Mk88
16 Built
Export version for New Zealand
Strikemaster Mk89
22 Built
Export version for Ecuador
Strikemaster Mk89A
A number of aircraft were sold to Ecuador
Strikemaster Mk 90 Export version for Sudan - last Strikemaster was delivered to Sudan in 1984.

Specification

Powerplant
1 x Rolls-Royce Mk.535 Turbo-jet engine
Span
36 ft 10 in
Maximum Weight
11,500 lb (Take-off)
Capacity Pilot / Instructor & Co-Pilot / Student
Maximum Range
1,382 miles (1,200 nmi /2,224 km)
Max Speed 518 mph (450 knots / 834 km/h

Number built

Strikemaster 80 136 including prototype
Strikemaster 90 10

Survivors

Airworthy
Strikemaster Mk80/80A
(1105/N156MW)
Privately owned, Martinsburg, PA, USA                                                 
Strikemaster Mk80/80A
(1112/G-FLYY)
Privately owned, Eglinton, Northern Ireland 
Strikemaster Mk80/80A
(1114/N605GV)
Privately owned, Tamiami Airport, Florida, USA 
Strikemaster Mk80/80A
(1121/N799PS/G-CBCB)
Privately owned, Marietta, GA, USA 
Strikemaster Mk80/80A
(1125/G(CFBK)
Privately owned, North Weald, Essex
Strikemaster Mk80/80A
(1130/G-CDHB/G-VPER)
Privately owned, Exeter Airport, Devon
Strikemaster Mk82/82A
(425 /G-SOAF)
North Wales Military Aviation Services, Hawarden, Cheshire
Strikemaster Mk83
(OJ2/N4242T/Kuwait 111)
Privately owned, USA
Strikemaster Mk83
(OJ6/ZU-PER/G-BXFW/Kuwait 113)
Privately owned, Cape Town, South Africa
Strikemaster Mk84
(308/N2146G)
Privately owned, Incline Village, NV, USA 
Strikemaster Mk84
(310/N2146J)
Privately owned, USA???  
Strikemaster Mk84  (311/G-MXPH/G-SARK/N2146S) Privately owned, North Weald, Essex 
Strikemaster Mk84
(314/N72445)
Olympic Air Museum, Olympia, WA, USA 
Strikemaster Mk81/Mk84
(322/N167SM)
Courtesy Aircraft Sales, Rockford, IL, USA 
Strikemaster Mk82/Mk84
(328/N21444/Oman 406)
Amjet Services Inc, Blaine, MN, USA
Strikemaster Mk84
(329/N167X/Oman 407)
(Mk.82) Privately owned, Cave Creek, AZ, USA
Strikemaster Mk87
(OJ9 /N604GV/Kenyan 604)
Privately owned, Isla Grande Airport, Puerto Rico
Strikemaster Mk87
(OJ10/G-UVNR/G-BXFS/Kenyan 605)
Gower Jets, Swansea Airport, Wales (ex-Kenyan 605)
Strikemaster Mk88
(NZ6361/VH-ZEP)
Australian Jet Adventures, Ballarat Airport, VIC, Australia
Strikemaster Mk88
(NZ6364 /N6364Z)
Raptor Aviation Inc, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Strikemaster Mk88
(NZ6372/VH-LLD)
Privately owned, Port McQuarie, New South Wales, Australia 
Strikemaster Mk89
(Kuwait 114 / Botswana OJ7 / G-BXFV)
Combat Squadron 2313 "Halcones", Ecuador Air Force, Manta, Ecuador
 
Display or Gate Guardians
Strikemaster Mk80/80A
(1133)
Imperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambs                                     
Strikemaster Mk88
(NZ6373)
RNZAF Museum, Wigram, Christchurch, New Zealand
Strikemaster Mk88
(NZ6374)
RNZAF Museum Ohakea wing, New Zealand
Strikemaster Mk80/80A
(1123)
Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force Museum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Strikemaster Mk80/80A
(1127)
Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force Museum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Strikemaster Mk84
(301)
Singapore Air Force Museum, Paya Lebar AB, Singapore
Strikemaster Mk82/82A
(403)
Gate guardian, RAFO Thumrait, Oman
Strikemaster Mk82/82A
(414)
Gate guardian, RAFO Masirah, Oman
Strikemaster Mk82/82A
(417)
RAFO Salalah, Oman
Strikemaster Mk82/82A
(418)
Gate guardian, RAFO Lansab, Oman
Strikemaster Mk82/82A
(420)
Gate guardian, RAFO Ghala, Oman
Strikemaster Mk82/82A
(423)
SOAF Museum, Bait-Al-Falaj, Oman

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