World X-Planes

Aviation-related Magazines Guide
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Subtitled Past, Present and Future. Beirut-based HPM publications specialises in recording the history of experimental research aircraft, and the pilots that flew them. ‘World X-Planes’ was a 48-page English-language quarterly magazine dedicated to the history of experimental aircraft, or X-planes, of all countries.

It covered past, present and future projects – one-off research aircraft never intended for production, (for example the Douglas Skyrocket and Bell X-2), and prototypes of production aircraft (for example: Lockheed XF-104, Dassault Mirage F1 prototypes, Dassault Rafale A). It also covered the life stories of the test pilots that flew these aircraft.

A fascinating and well-illustrated magazine on a little publicised area of aviation history. Unfortunately, subscription numbers were not high enough to justify continuing this title. No.1 was published in late January 2005 and the last issue (No.3) later the same year. A one-off issue entitled “Special Release No.1” covering the FD-2 and BAC.221 appeared in 2006.

Further information: World X-Planes Magazine

Arab Defence Journal / Al Difa Al Arabi

Aviation-related Magazines Guide
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Entitled ‘Al-Difa al-Arabi’ in Arabic. Launched in 1976, the ‘Arab Defence Journal’ covers defence issues throughout the entire Arab speaking region, and offers an independent source of information on all military questions. Each month, the magazine reports on news and current affairs from the Middle East and around the world, along with features on aerospace, naval and land systems. It also publishes articles on electronics, computers & communication equipment, as well as police and public security issues, with the latest strategic analysis. The magazine is published monthly by subscription only.

Further information: Dar Assayad S.A.L, P.O.Box: 1038, Hazmieh-Beirut, Lebanon. Tel: 961 5 450933 – 457260/1/2
Fax: 961 5 452700 – 457260. Email: assayad@inco.com.lb, website: Arab Defence Journal

Agusta-Bell AB212

in Lebanese Air Force service

History

Twenty-two Bell-built and Agusta-built 212s delivered from 1973. Used by ? Squadron in the ? role. Withdrawn in 1999 when replaced by the UH-1H. Five restored to service from 2007.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
L-551 5509   2003 ex L-251
L-552 5511   2003 ex L-252, wfu Rayak Feb 2006
L-553 5512   2004 ex L-253
L-554 5516   2004 ex L-254
L-555 5519   2003 ex L-255, wfu Rayak Feb 2006
L-556 5520   2003 ex L-256, wfu Rayak Feb 2006
L-557     2004 ex L-???, preserved Rayak Feb 2006
L-558 32107   2004 ex L-???, wfu Rayak Feb 2006
L-559 32108   2003 ex L-???, wfu Rayak Feb 2006
L-560     2003 w/o ? Aug 1982, wreck Beirut IAP Mar 1993
L-561     2004 ex L-???
L-562 32117   2004 ex L-???, wfu Rayak Feb 2006

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References

  • Scramble
  • Air Forces Monthly
  • International Air Power Review
  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Sud Aviation SE3130 Alouette II

in Lebanese Air Force service

History

Three SE3130 delivered in 1959. An additional example was loaned by France for three years. Used by 3 Squadron for the light transport role. Withdrawn from service circa 1981. Reserialled to L-301 etc.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
L-201 1597   1959  
L-202 1598   1959  
L-203 1599   1959  
L-204 1757   1962 Loaned by France 1962-65
L-302   L-202?   Preserved Rayak Feb 2006

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Sud Aviation Alouette III

in Lebanese Air Force service

History

Eight SE3160 delivered from 1961, plus five SA316B received in 1969, making a total of 13 examples. Used by 3 Squadron for the utility transport role. Withdrawn from service after 1993. Initially serialled L-220 onwards, but some later reserialled.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
L-220 1393   1961  
L-221 1085   1961  
L-322 1084   1961 ex L-222, wfu Rayak Feb 2006
L-223 1086   1961  
L-224 1118   1961  
L-325 1119   1961 ex L-225, wfu Rayak Feb 2006
L-226 1448   1961 w/o 16 Jan 1968
L-227 1875   1961  
L-328 1963   1969 ex L-225, wfu Rayak Feb 2006
L-329 1980   1969 ex L-229, preserved Rayak Feb 2006
L-330 1930   1969 ex L-230, wfu Rayak Feb 2006
L-331 1931   1969 ex L-231
L-332 1938   1969 ex L-232, wfu Rayak Feb 2006

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Hawker Hunter FGA Mk.70A

in Lebanese Air Force service

History

Six ex-RAF Hunter F.6 refurbished and delivered from 1975 under the designation FGA.70A. Used by ? Squadron in the ? role. The aircraft were initially serialled L-170 onwards, but reserialled in the early 1970s. Re-activated by Nov 2008.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
L-180   WW598 8 Dec 1975 to L-280
L-181 S4/U/3334 XF457 8 Dec 1975 to L-281
L-182   WW594 8 Dec 1975 to L-282
L-183 S4/U/3306 XF430 17 May 1977 to L-283
L-184 41H-688061 XJ644 17 May 1977 to L-284
L-280   L-180 noted Nov 2008
L-281 S4/U/3334 L-181 w/o ? Sept 1983, shot down over Shouf mountains
L-282   L-182 noted Nov 2008
L-283 S4/U/3306 L-183 w/o 1978
L-284 41H-688061 L-184 noted Nov 2008
L-285 41H-688057 XJ640 1 June 1977 w/o 1989, shot down over Batrun

More Information

References

  • Hawker Hunter 1951-2007: In UK and Foreign Service by David J. Griffin
  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/10 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Hawker Hunter FGA Mk.70

in Lebanese Air Force service

History

Six ex-RAF Hunter F.6 supplied from 1958 onwards, using the designation FGA.70. Four ex-Belgian AF Hunter F.6s refurbished to FGA.9 standard and delivered from 1965 under the designation FGA.70. Used by ? Squadron in the ? role. The aircraft were initially serialled L-170 onwards, but reserialled in the early 1970s. Re-activated by Nov 2008.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
L-170 41H-679956 XE598 31 Oct 1958 w/o ? date
L-171 S4/U/3328 XF461 3 Nov 1958 to L-271
L-172 41H-679909 XE534 22 May 1962 w/o ? date
L-173 S4/U/3277 XF377 3 Nov 1958 w/o 26 Mar 1962 Bekka Plain
L-174 S4/U/3400 XG167 31 Oct 1958 w/o ? date
L-175 S4/U/3341 XF495 31 Oct 1958 to L-275
L-176 8844 IF-86 14 Sept 1965 to L-276
L-177 8861 IF-96 14 Sept 1965 w/o ? date
L-178 8912 IF-129 15 Nov 1965 w/o ? date
L-179 8866 IF-101 15 Nov 1965 w/o ? date
L-271 41H-679956 L-171 preserved Rayak Feb 2006
L-275 S4/U/3341 L-175  
L-276 8844 L-176 noted Aug 1983

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References

  • Hawker Hunter 1951-2007: In UK and Foreign Service by David J. Griffin
  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/10 (Mach III)

Other Sources

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Hawker Hunter T.69

in Lebanese Air Force service

History

The HSA civilian-registered Hunter T.66A 2-seat demonstrator aircraft was a converted ex-Belgian AF single-seater. During 1963 it was modified to T.69 standard and leased to Iraq 1963-65, who then sub-leased it to Lebanon for a short while. Used by ? Squadron for the conversion training role.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
L-581 8763 G-APUX 1963 Iraqi AF 567 (1) on lease

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References

  • Hawker Hunter 1951-2007: In UK and Foreign Service by David J. Griffin
  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/10 (Mach III)

Other Sources

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Hawker Hunter T.66C

in Lebanese Air Force service

History

Three ex-Belgian AF F.6 aircraft converted to T.66C two-seaters by HSA. Used by ? Squadron for the conversion training role. The aircraft were initially serialled L-170 onwards, but reserialled in the early 1970s. Re-activated by Nov 2008.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
L-280 (2) 8807 IF-60 23 Dec 1965 to L-286
L-281 (2) 8884 IF-112 27 July 1966 to L-287
L-282 (2) 8778 IF-34 27 July 1966 to L-288
L-286 8807 L-280 noted Nov 2008
L-287 8884 L-281 w/o ? date
L-288 8778 L-282 stored Rayak, (not to Jordan)

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References

  • Hawker Hunter 1951-2007: In UK and Foreign Service by David J. Griffin
  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/10 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.