A Zimbabwe K-8Z at the 2006 Ysterplaat Airshow in South Africa (Image (CC) Danle van der Merwe)

Overview: Air Force of Zimbabwe

Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ), status as of 25 April 2015
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(Featured image: A Zimbabwe K-8Z at the 2006 Ysterplaat Airshow in South Africa (Image (CC) Danle van der Merwe))

Active number of aircraft Air Force of Zimbabwe: 72 – 84

  • 6x Chengdu F-7 II/N single-seat and/or FT-7BZ two-seat Airguard fighters
  • 9x Hongdu (Nanchang) K-8Z Karakorum advanced trainer / light attack aircraft (Received 12, crashes in 2008, 2010 and at Thornhill Airbase on 24 April 2015)
  • 18 – 24x SIAI-Machetti SF.260M/TP/W trainer and light attack aircraft
  • 6 – 8x CASA C212-200 Aviocar transport aircraft
  • 4 – 6x Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander utility aircraft
  • 16x Cessna FTB337G and O-2A Skymaster forward air control, recon and utility aircraft
  • 1x Eurocopter AS532UL Cougar VIP / presidential flight
  • 1 – 2x Mil Mi-8T “Hip” VIP / presidential flight
  • 4x Aerospatiale SA316B Alouette III utility and (armed) scout helicopter
  • 7 – 8x Agusta-Bell 412SP transport / assault helicopter

Airbases: 2 (plus 2 optional reserve)

    • Thornhill Airbase (Gweru)
      • F-7 (5 Squadron)
      • K-8Z (2 Squadron)
      • FTB337G / O-2A (4 Squadron)
      • SF.260 (6 Squadron)
    • Manyame Airbase (Harare)
      • C212 (3 Squadron)
      • BN-2A (3 Squadron)
      • Alouette III (7 Squadron)
      • AB 412SP (8 Squadron)
      • AS532 (Presidential Flight)
      • Mi-8 (Presidential Flight)

    Shooting Range (aka very nice shots)

    A Zimbabwe K-8Z at the 2006 Ysterplaat Airshow in South Africa (Image (CC) Danle van der Merwe)
    A Zimbabwe K-8Z at the 2006 Ysterplaat Airshow in South Africa (Image (CC) Danle van der Merwe)