BAC 167 Strikemaster

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

BAC 167 Strikemaster

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

BAC 167 Strikemaster

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.

BAC 167 Strikemaster

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.

BAC 167 Strikemaster

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

BAC 167 Strikemaster

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.

BAC 167 Strikemaster

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

BAC 167 Strikemaster

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

BAC 167 Strikemaster

An Ecuadorian Strikemaster crashed during a training mission in the Northern Border area, near Colombia, on 25 March 2009.

BAC 167 Strikemaster

Both pilots ejected; one later died of injuries received during the rescue attempt.

Crew: 2

Length: 33 ft 8 1⁄2 in (10.274 m)

Wingspan: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)

Height: 10 ft 11 1⁄2 in (3.340 m)

Wing area: 213.7 sq ft (19.85 m2)

Airfoil: NACA 23015 (modified) at root, NACA 4412 (modified) at tip

Empty weight: 6,195 lb (2,810 kg)

Gross weight: 9,303 lb (4,220 kg) pilot training

Max takeoff weight: 11,500 lb (5,216 kg)

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

Powerplant: 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)

Range: 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)


Guns: 2× 7.62 mm machine guns with 550 rounds each

Hardpoints: 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, and napalm tanks.


BAC Jet Provost & Strikemaster by Adrian M. Balch

From Jet Provost to Strikemaster-David Watkins


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