Rhodesian Air Force Equipment (click on link for page on that type of aeroplane or further information)
Fighters
Hawker Hunter (Interception, Ground Attack) 

Hunters (first flown in 1951) went through a number of design and developments before they were introduced to the Rhodesian Air Force as a replacement for the Vampires they were then operating. Rhodesian Hunters were never used in action as interceptors, although on external raids some were armed with primitive Sidewinders to provide a limited air-defence capability. South Africa provided a degree of air-to-air combat training, and judging by the one major occasion when air to air battles took place in southern Africa (August 1987 to July 1988, between the South Africans and Cubans) it can be predicted that the Rhodesians - although knowing the difficulty in getting replacement machines - would have remained aggressive, with the intention of providing sufficient deterrent to delay further attacks. Soon after the dissolution of Federation, attempts were made to evaluate the Hunter as a possible, somewhat rudimentary,  reconnaissance aircraft, but these attempts were soon abandoned.

The cost of ammunition was both a deterrent to over-use, and an incentive to accurate, short bursts of fire. For a number of years a prized possession was a holed-garbage can - a bet having foolishly been placed that the pilot would not have been able to hit such a small target with a single round. 

The Zimbabwean government was to use the survivors both in the Congo, and, it is alleged, Mozambique. The Zimbabweans were the last country to operate the Hunter - it is unclear (and highly unlikely) whether any remain operational. During the war, Hunters were flown by Squadron. 

Rhodesian Hunters were flown by Squadron. 

Ground Attack
Bombers
BAC (English Electric) Canberra

Medium bomber/ reconnaissance. Built in Britain from 1949. Originally acquired before the break-up of Federation. Whilst the most famous usage was on the "Green Leader" raid on the camps in Zambia, they served throughout the war, and the survivors were only gradually retired by the Zimbabwean Airforce. One can still be seen in a state of some decay in the Gweru military museum.  The aircraft were flown by Squadron. 

 Squadron flew Rhodesian Canberras. 

Helicopters
 Aérospatiale Alouette (picture of an Alouette currently in service with SADF)

The French Aerospatiale Alouette IIIs were most notably used during fire-force operations, although the Rhodesian propaganda machine was quick to make use of them to carry out medevacs for Africans caught up by natural disasters.   

The G-Car was armed with two side-mounted Browning machine guns. The K-Car (a helicopter gunship version) was armed with one 20mm Mauser cannon, fitted inside the cabin, firing from the port side of the helicopter. Squadron flew the aircraft.
 

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