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|BAC STRIKEMASTER Mk.82A 425 (G-SOAF)|
|'425' was the last of the many, well the last Strikemaster.
It was intended to fulfil one part of a contract to supply 10 to Sudan. However, due to an arms embargo only three of the aircraft got delivered. Three completed airframes were kept at Warton and occasionally flown, before being sold to Ecuador Air Force a couple of years later. The remaining airframes were unfinished, and all the major components that had been built were placed in storage at British Aerospace's Bournemouth factory.
During 1984, the SOAF (Sultan of Oman's Air Force) lost one of its Strikemaster aircraft in a flying accident, and it later placed an order for a replacement aircraft with BAe (British Aerospace). A new aeroplane was constructed using various stored components left over from the embargoed Sudan and other previous orders. The end result was a complete Strikemaster without a set construction number or date. Strikemaster Mk.82A '425' was born, with the airframe taking on its military identity as its construction number.
'425' was ferried to Oman by two serving SOAF pilots in the summer of 1986. On arrival the aeroplane commenced service with 1 Sqn. based at RAFO Masirah, alongside the Air Force's other Strikemaster airframes. It remained in service until the type was decommissioned in 1999.
In late 2004, following a considerable amount of negotiations UK-based North Wales Military Aviation Services acquired 425. Its engineers dismantled the aeroplane, and had it shipped back to the UK by sea. It arrived in the UK in January 2005, and was moved by road to NWMAS' base at Hawarden.
During 2009, G-SOAF became one of the founder airframes of the newly-formed Team Viper, a four-ship Strikemaster display team made up of owners/pilots spread across the UK. SOAF appeared with the team at every commitment throughout the airshow season, and looks set to continue as a permanent fixture in 2010.
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