the charlie 1-3-0 hercules, the workhorse of our strategic air mobility. Its a legacy aircraft all around the world keep it up NAF. Moving forward!
Is dat da Albatross I see in da Last picture? Have they been fully re-activated cos da Amount given to upgrade dem wia a few million which I’m guessing da heavy work to turn dem around must have been completed. This was done 9th October 2013 and no Newspaper carried dis!! Na Wa!! NAF una too dey Secretive God Forbid!
That’s the Alpha jet. However your inquiring comments about the Albatross is welcome. The Albatross is so cheap to buy and refurbish that we wonder why the country is being denied the services of this aircraft in the war against Bok o Haram. Some rich business men in the states fly this aircraft for fun, in Syria the government is using against rebel forces day in day out. Eritrea, Libya and other countries also use this plane in the ground attack role outside the design purpose of being a training jet. So it is a no frills easy to use aircraft for ground surveillance and attack jet.
its not the L-39 Albatross. thats the venerable dodo bird. the real work horse of NAF.
over 30 years and counting, the alpha jet is the weapon of choice for the air force
Very nice pictures. Is that a fuel pod on the C-130? How many did we scrap(C-130s)? I see what looks like scrapped planes on picture 1 and 9.
Was dis new aircraft carried in d news back den in 2013?
Oga beegs, beautiful images as always. Thanks to Dr Fola. Photos say much more than a billion words.
On the day, the NAF or AESTL dedicated 9 alpha jets and 1 C-130 . 6 of the alpha’s paid for by the Airforce, while 3 done for free by AESTL. Finally we see images of the event. All PDM done in-country.
The paint scheme on the two C130 on the first picture is different, signifying different roles. The C130 at the background of the first picture looks grounded and the camouflage paint scheme might mean that it is use for low level flight while the C130 at the forefront with the naval blue paint might be for higher altituted flight maybe for paratroopers delivery. Anyhow we need to revamp and overhaul our whole fleet of hercules to flight standard immediately.
The camouflaged C-130s are in the old paint scheme and are the grounded ones with very little hope of re-activation. They have probably been cannibalised for parts and I think I recall a few years back when the Americans came to assist in re-activating the C-130s commenting that those abandoned airframes were past it.
when we imbibe a culture of Mainteanance and it becomes entrenched in our way of thinking that we celebrate when things are repaired to pristine level like the C-130 ( NAF 913). then we are on our way back to greatness. THE PDM OF 9 ALPHA JETS AND ONE C-130 should be commended and be built on .
One should also congratulate the NAF BECAUSE PERSONALLY I HAVE BEEN ONE OF THEIR MOST VOCAL CRITICS. Without any buts or ifs job well done. Please sustain and keep building on your history.
The americans believe the private sector should be given an opportunity to do a job, where it has the competitive advantage.
One such place would be non combat military functions.
Such as maintenance and supplies.
These should be limited to companies with over 40 percent local ownership, and with a security clearance given by the SSS.
NAFs maintenance issues have stunted the growth and ambition of the institution.
On the supply side, all NA deployments, whether ecomog, UN , niger delta or maidugri has been wracked by an embarrassing level of corruption and incompetence.
So it is best to just pay a private company, and let them execute the task.
NAF is already in such a relationship with a belarussian company, that overhauls the mi-24/35s.
To the tune of about 20 million usd.
Okay good job. But for those that have more NAF info than I do, is NAF 913 the only operational C130 we have right now? I ask because NAF 913 for the past 2 years has been the only C130 involved in any lifting operation (with one alenia).
No we know of naf 917 and 923confirmed T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network
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