Turkish T-37 trainers to Pakistan – for free

In a move that has already been doing the rounds for quite some time, Turkey has donated no less than 34 Cessna T-37 jet trainers to Pakistan free of charge. The ‘deal’ was signed on Wednesday 28 October in Ankara, according to a statement issued by the Turkish ministry of Defense.

The  Turkish gesture included spare parts as well. Turkey has operated the T-37 as its main basic jet trainer for many years, with a total of 67 aircraft in the fleet. The Korean developed but locally built KT-1 trainer replaced the type. The new Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hürkuş trainer is supposed to augment the KT-1 starting 2018.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): Two Turkish Air Force T-37s. (Image © Elmer van Hest)