Piper PA-22 Colt 108
in Cyprus Air Command service

 

Key Facts

Total Delivered: 2
Total Still Active: 0
Total Now Stored: 0
Service Entry: 1964
Retirement: 1974
Main Role: Liaison
Origin: USA

History

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).

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
? 22-8134 N4620Z May 1964 wfu 1974?
? 22-9298 N5511Z May 1964 wfu 1974?

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More Information

References

  • World Air Power Journal No.5 p.142
  • Militair 1982 (Aviation Press) p.51
  • Air-Britain Digest Aug 71 p.191
  • AB-IX

Other Sources

To be added.


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