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BAC Strikemaster

The BAC 167 Strikemaster is a British jet-powered training and light attack aircraft.

It was a development of the Hunting Jet Provost trainer, itself a jet engine version of the Percival Provost, which originally flew in 1950 with a radial piston engine.

The Strikemaster was capable of operating from rough air strips, with dual ejection seats suitable even for low-altitude escape, and it was therefore widely used by third-world nations.

Operations by the type were restricted by most military users after the Royal New Zealand Air Force found fatigue cracking in the wings of its aircraft.

Many aircraft retired by Botswana, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Singapore have found their way into museums and private collections.

The Strikemaster was deployed by the Royal Air Force of Oman on several occasions during the Dhofar Rebellion, including a notable appearance providing Close Air Support during the Battle of Mirbat.

Three Strikemasters were shot down over the course of the war, including one lost to an SA-7 missile.

The Ecuadorian Air Force deployed the Strikemaster during the brief 1995 Cenepa War, flying ground sorties against Peruvian positions.





33 ft 8 1⁄2 in (10.274 m)


36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)


10 ft 11 1⁄2 in (3.340 m)

Wing area

213.7 sq ft (19.85 m2)



NACA 23015 (modified) 


NACA 4412 (modified) 

Empty weight

6,195 lb (2,810 kg)

Gross weight

9,303 lb (4,220 kg) pilot training

Max take-off weight

11,500 lb (5,216 kg)

Fuel capacity

366 imp gal (440 US gal; 1,660 L) total including tip tanks


1 × Rolls-Royce Viper Mk.535 turbojet, 3,140 lbf (14.0 kN) thrust


Maximum speed

481 mph (774 km/h, 418 kn) at 18,000 ft (5,500 m)

Stall speed

98 mph (158 km/h, 85 kn) flaps down

Never exceed speed

518 mph (834 km/h, 450 kn)


3,182 mi (5,121 km, 2,765 nmi)

Combat range

145 mi (233 km, 126 nmi) combat radius with 3,000 lb (1,400 kg) weapons, lo-lo-lo profile

Service ceiling

40,000 ft (12,000 m)

Rate of climb

5,250 ft/min (26.7 m/s)



2× 7.62 mm machine guns with 550 rounds each


4 (2 per wing) with a capacity of 3,000 lb (1,400 kg) of bombs, machine gun pods, air-to-ground rocket pods, fuel drop tanks & napalm tanks.



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