Flying high in Bangladesh

Richard Vandervordreports from Dhaka, Bangladesh on last year’s Victory Day celebrations


A number of Bangladeshi military aircraft carry quasicivilian registrations in the S3- range, some in addition to serials. This is the Army’s sole Cessna C208B Caravan, based at Tejgaon.

A country that is very familiar on the map of Asia and often in the news, yet only 47 years old in its present form, Bangladesh is fiercely proud of the independence it declared in 1971. Formerly East Pakistan, the new nation was born when the two parts of Pakistan went their separate ways after a bitter war, which drew in neighbouring India and embraced one of the most densely populated and floodprone lands on earth.

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