.: Jamie McDonald's Monogram 1/48 "What If" Cessna Dragonfly

RAAF No 24 Squadron: Cessna A-37 Dragonfly

In 1960, after much debate, the proposed reorganization of the Citizen Air Force, which would have changed the role of all CAF Squadrons from flying training to ground training, was thankfully dismissed.

On 1 March 1960, No 24 Squadron became No. 24 (City of Adelaide) (Auxiliary) Squadron, and moved from RAAF Mallala to a temporary home at RAAF North Adelaide, before moving to RAAF Base Edinburgh. From 1960-66 the squadron operated CAC Winjeels.

The squadron re-equipped with the Cessna A-37 Dragonfly in 1968. The A-37 had been selected over the Aermacchi MB 326 in a 1965 fly-off. The deciding factor had been the extra safety provided by the A-37's twin engines and its superior load carrying ability. This was important as each of the five Citizen Air Force squadrons had a dual role: training and close-air support. One hundred A-37's were made under license by CAC. The A-37 continued in service until 2004 when it was replaced by the BAE Hawk 100.

This particular model represents a No. 24 (City of Adelaide) aircraft circa 1988. It is equipped for an anti-helicopter role. Armament being 1x AIM-9 Sidewinder, 1x 7.62mm SUU-11A/A minigun pod, 1× internal 7.62 mm M134 minigun, 4x drop tanks, 2 x LAU-3/A 19-tube 2.75 " FFR  rocket pod

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