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Botswana Defence Force - Air Wing history
Botswana Defence Force - Air Wing history
Francistown (FBFT)
Rwy: 11/29
Pos: 21°09'35"S 027°28'28"E
Elev: 3283 ft
Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
Z3

1993 - present O-2A (94-?)
Bat Hawk C (June16->)
Z12

1993 - present BN-2A-21
BN-2B-20
O-2A OE8 of Z3 in September 2002.
Photo: Chris Knott
Gaborone/Sir Seretse Khama Int'l (FBSK)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 24°33'19"S 025°55'06"E
Elev: 3299 ft
Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
Z1

1977 - 199 . ? BN-2A-21
SC7-3M-400 (79-Sep93)
Bulldog 120-1210 (july80-Mar91)
CN235-10 (21Dec87->)
BAe125-800B (16June88-15July92)
disbanded
Z2

1978 - 1996 ? BN-2A-21
CeA152
BN-2A-III (Sep84-91)
Strikemaster Mk83 (Mar88->)
disbanded
Z3

1979 - 1993 ? BN-2A-21
relocated to Francistown
Z23

1985 - 199 . ? AS350B
relocated to Molepolole

Z21

1988 - 199 . ? Bell 412SP (Oct88->)
AS350BA
relocated to Molepolole
Z7

1990 - 199 . ? PC-7 (Feb90->)
relocated to Molepolole
VIP Flight

19 . .? - present G-IV (91-10)
AB412SP (94-28Jan11)
Bell 412EP (Jan02->)
Beech B200 (Dec04->)
Bell 412ER (May05->)
Do328-110 (16May09->)
Global Express XRS (Sep09->)
PC-12/47E (20Sep12->)
EC-225LP (Sep16->)
PC-24 (Sep18->)

Short SC7-3M-400 Skyvan for reapainting at Johannesburg-Rand in June 1979.
Photo: K Zaayman
Gulfstream IV OK1 f the VIP Flight in September 2002.
Photo: Chris Knott
Thebephatshwa/Molepolole (FBTP)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 24°13'16"S 025°20'50"E
Elev: 3750 ft
Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
Z7 / Flying Training School

199 . ? - present CeA152
PC-7 (->12)
PC-7 Mk.II (May12->)

Z10

1993 ? - present CN235-10 (->11)
C212-300 (June93->)
C-130B (97->)
CN235-300M (July09->)
C212-400 (June18->)
Z21

199 . ? - present Bell 412SP
AS350BA (95->)
AS350B3 (Nov03->)
Z23

199 . ? - present AS350B
AS350BA (May95->)
AS350B3 (Sep00->)
Z28 'Viper'

1996 ? - present Strikemaster Mk83 (->Apr97)
Strikemaster Mk87 (94->Apr97)
BF-5A (Aug96->)
BF-5D (Sep96->)
Strikemaster Mk83 OJ2 was sold to the civil market and became G-BXFT in 1997.
Photo: collection Dick Lohuis
Six PC-7s on the line at Molepolole in September 2002.
Photo: Chris Knott
Cessna A152 OB2 was delivered in 1979.
Photo: Chris Knott
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