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GDF: Guyana Defence Force Air Wing in the 1960’s – Random Notes+ Photos

Emblem of Air Wing

GDF RANDOM NOTES ON SPECIFIC UNITS – AIR WING

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The origins of GDF Air Wing/Air Command/Air Corps. This unit was formed in November 1967 when the GDF was given two single engine Heliocourier U12 STOL aircraft.  This type of aircraft, painted black, was in use in Vietnam for “Black Ops” by US CIA/Special Operations. The GDF aircraft were painted dark green and the nose / cowlings were painted in a bright luminous red. They were familiarly called “Rudolph” after Santa’s red nosed reindeer.

The registration numbers were 8RGCU (Oct 12 1967) and 8RGCV (Oct 30 1967) Maj Neil Pullen, Royal Anglian Reg/ Army Air Corps, a UK Training Team Officer, who was the OC of the Training Wing was given the aircraft to fly.    Continue reading

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