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In 1964, the Cyprus Government acquired two Piper PA-22 Colt fixed-wing monoplanes to supply training and patrol capabilities to a severely under-invested and drastically primitive armed forces.
The original intentions of the unit commanders, based at the air-field at Lakatamia, was to equip the Colts with hard points to drop small bombs, though this plan apparently never materialised.
Cypriot PA-22 Colts were the first to see actual “combat” operations during the 1973-1974 “War of the Enclaves” fought by Turkish-Cypriot rebels and Greek-Cypriot guerrilla forces. One example was serialled CR8 by March 1971.
After the CNGAW was reformed in 1982 one of the original PA-22 Colts was returned to airworthy condition. Colt ‘5B-CIR’ has stood as gate guardian for the Cyprus National Guard section of the base at Lakatamia since at least 1999. (Since 5B-CIR is actually a Cessna F172H, the Colt is probably meant to represent 5B-ICR. It is not clear whether this aircraft is ex-CR8).
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- World Air Power Journal No.5 p.142
- Militair 1982 (Aviation Press) p.51
- Air-Britain Digest Aug 71 p.191
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See other operators of the Piper PA-22