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STRIKE MASTER ‘425’ was the very last Strikemaster. It was intended as one part of a contract to supply ten to Sudan. However, due to an arms embargo only three got delivered. During 1984, the SOAF (Sultan of Oman’s Air Force) lost one of its Strikemaster aircraft in a flying accident, and it later placed an order for a replacement with BAe (British Aerospace). A new plane was constructed using various stored components left over from the embargoed Sudan and other previous orders. The result was a complete Strikemaster without a set construction number or date. Strikemaster Mk.82A ‘425’ was born, with the airframe taking on its military identity as its construction number. It commenced service with 1 Sqn. based at RAFO Masirah, alongside the Air Force’s other Strikemaster airframes and remained in service until 1999. It was acquired by UK-based North Wales Military Aviation Services in 2004, restored and returned to the air on the airshow circuit. FLYING TIMES Thurs 15:45; Fri 14:18; Sat 14:02; Sun 15:00 DIMENSIONS Height: 3.34m; Length: 10.27m Wingspan: 11.23m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 518mph POWERPLANT 1 x Rolls-Royce Viper MK535 Turbojet engine DID YOU KNOW? The Strikemaster is essentially an armed version of the Jet Provost T Mk 5. 52 EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL aIR S HOW 2017

MIG 15 ‘RED 18’ This Polish-built MiG- 15UTI was produced in 1952 and is operated by the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron as a representative of the Cold War ‘enemy’. The prototype MiG-15 first flew in 1947 and was series produced in the USSR between 1949 and 1959, with some 18,000 built. Following its end of service with the Polish Air Force in 1990, the aircraft you see today was exported to the USA. The aircraft did only a few flights when in the US and was shipped back to Europe in 2014. The MiG-15 is well known for its role in the Korean War – a conflict which also involved Royal Navy operated Hawker Sea Furies. Piloted by Lieutenant Peter ‘Hoagy’ Carmichael, one such Sea Fury FB11 made history when it downed a MiG-15; one of the very few times when a piston-engined aircraft has gained superiority over a jet. FLYING TIMES Sat 12:28; Sun 12:35 DIMENSIONS Height: 3.7m; Length: 10.10m Wingspan: 10.08m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 652mph POWERPLANT 1 x Klimov VK-I Turbojet engine DID YOU KNOW? The markings RED 18 represent the aircraft flown by famed Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin before he became the first man to visit outer space in 1961. airbourneeastbourne eb_airshow WWW.EASTBOURNEAIRSHOW.COM 53

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