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To get this thread back on track, Algerian W-3A Sokol
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OK, let's go back to small Air Forces : Eritrean Bell 412 :

http://i44.tinypic.com/2zgyjjq.jpg

Even if Belgian Air Force is certainly, in many ways, smaller than Algerian one. :)

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Our small fleet of two Falcon's 20....

..............feasted 40 years of service ;.
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Like this Hunter one ?

http://i44.tinypic.com/bgbh2o.jpg

PS : The picture in Wiki is former Rhodesian Air Force De Havilland DH-115 Vampire T.11, VH-ZVZ / 15392, owned and operated by Judy Pay (private collection).
It is representing RRAF119. It is not the originally delivered SRAF119 / RRAF119 / R4032. The original aircraft ended up in South Africa in 1980 but has not been, apparently, preserved.

Sadly this photo is faked, the Rhodesian air force roundles have been photoshopped or similar, the spear has been added over the RAF roundles and you can clearly see the RAF serials and squadron badge

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I'd consider the Belgian Air Component a 'small air force'. Just because it is well-equipped and trained, doesn't make it any bigger. They're bound to get some real add-on capability with the A400M and who knows, but they might end up with F-35's, albeit a smaller number, to replace the Falcons.

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Sadly this photo is faked, the Rhodesian air force roundles have been photoshopped or similar, the spear has been added over the RAF roundles

Good to know.... what a pity...

thanks to tell it !!

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I'd consider the Belgian Air Component a 'small air force'. Just because it is well-equipped and trained, doesn't make it any bigger.
They're bound to get some real add-on capability with the A400M and who knows, but they might end up with F-35's, albeit a smaller number, to replace the Falcons.

Yes, of course, but let's not confuse VIP-Falcon's & Fighting Falcons..:)

(our "future" 'F-35's will remain a bad dream...:D ) :
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Sadly this photo is faked, the Rhodesian air force roundles have been photoshopped or similar, the spear has been added over the RAF roundles and you can clearly see the RAF serials and squadron badge

Seems so :( (damn good PS then and bad news), but XG164 doesn't apparently wear such squadron badge. See here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/emdjt42/8634335997/

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'Googeling through' the Rhodesian Air Force, i've seen many different aircrafts without any markings ....

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other "3 assegais" roudels on Canberra :

http://i39.tinypic.com/2eaj8dg.jpg

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Rhodesia....let's continue....

the "Canberra's assegais" is a much better view, thanks, Archangelski..

and... who were the (Royal ?) VIP's getting out this one ? ;

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Best greetings from Rhodesia.... (the last ones of the month !)
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Seems so :( (damn good PS then and bad news), but XG164 doesn't apparently wear such squadron badge. See here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/emdjt42/8634335997/

Yes, sorry for the bad news, I was also happy to see the photo at first, but it appears to be a 74 squadron RAF badge on the nose also you can see the red of the top of the RAF fin flash on the tail along with the bit of yellow from code letter on the tailfin.
The Rhodesian air force never carried these sort of marking as mentoned above.
Here are some 74 Squadron RAF Hunters for you to compare:
http://www.raf74.com/aircraft.php scroll down the page for this one, there is a Hunter F.4 and an F.6
http://www.74squadron.org.uk/images/Photos/Mass%20Archive/Hunter%20Days/22%20Hunter%206s.JPG
http://www.74squadron.org.uk/images/Photos/Mass%20Archive/Hunter%20Days/6%20Op%20Turn-round.JPG
http://www.74squadron.org.uk/images/Photos/Mass%20Archive/Hunter%20Days/11%20Begum%20c.jpg

Here some Rhodesian Hunters
http://media.ourstory.com/62/15/50/eb171120b3a86da481ea89c4df5c4d30c3e808a5/05cd307b1d14ac39f82ee975c3e157d051145a9f.jpg
http://img.wp.scn.ru/camms/ar/96/pics/124_2.jpg

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Yes, sorry for the bad news, I was also happy to see the photo at first, but it appears to be a 74 squadron RAF badge on the nose also you can see the red of the top of the RAF fin flash on the tail along with the bit of yellow from code letter on the tailfin.
The Rhodesian air force never carried these sort of marking as mentoned above.
Here are some 74 Squadron RAF Hunters for you to compare:
http://www.raf74.com/aircraft.php scroll down the page for this one, there is a Hunter F.4 and an F.6
http://www.74squadron.org.uk/images/Photos/Mass%20Archive/Hunter%20Days/22%20Hunter%206s.JPG
http://www.74squadron.org.uk/images/Photos/Mass%20Archive/Hunter%20Days/6%20Op%20Turn-round.JPG
http://www.74squadron.org.uk/images/Photos/Mass%20Archive/Hunter%20Days/11%20Begum%20c.jpg

Here some Rhodesian Hunters
http://media.ourstory.com/62/15/50/eb171120b3a86da481ea89c4df5c4d30c3e808a5/05cd307b1d14ac39f82ee975c3e157d051145a9f.jpg
http://img.wp.scn.ru/camms/ar/96/pics/124_2.jpg

Many thanks for clarification gregair.
When I said earlier "good photoshop work", it was for the roundels. Strange that the guy who made this good artwork hadn't tried to work also on the code number and badge as well, rendering a quite perfect RRAF Hunter ! Maybe it was intentionally, who knows ?

Also a fine picture of a real Hunter with RRAF roundels with only one assaigai. :)

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Albanian Air Force Bo105E-4 :

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Zimbabwe : SF.260 with turbo conversion :

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Nigerian Air Force C-130H :

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Senegal : Mi-35P :

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