During Nov.2005 these photos were sent to me, with a message:
"I was looking for information about C-119s in Ethiopian Air Force and found your propliner website.
Do you know how many of these aircraft were sent to Ethiopia, or was that USAF 7844 the only one? Also, if you know where to find more pictures of that desert camo I would like to know.
Today, there is one ex-Ethiopian AF Boxcar laying in the outskirts of Asmara Int'l Airport in Eritrea. Aircraft is in very bad condition, starport boom has collapsed etc, but at least it still exists.
The photo on the left was taken on 29Sep03 and on the right 05Nov03. The situation was seen unchanged during Jun04."
The book Fairchild C-82 Packet and C-119 Flying Boxcar by Alwyn T Lloyd (Aerofax, 2005) lists the following Ethiopean C-119s:
52-5899 C-119G-FA coded 912 (1 Sqdn)
52-5932 C-119G-FA no code or unknown (1 Sqdn)
53-3160 C-119G-36-FA coded 917 (1 Sqdn)
53-3188 C-119G-36-FA coded 915 (1 Sqdn)
53-7856 C-119G-36-FA coded 911 (1 Sqdn)
53-8108 C-119G-84-KM coded 916 (1 Sqdn)
The book Survivors 2002 by Roy Blewitt (Gatwick Aviation Society, 2002) lists no C-119s at Eritrea but the following at Ethiopia / Debre-Zeyit:
911, 912, 915, 916, 917 as in storage by Apr96; and 918 as derelict (no date).
Ian Carroll offered the following info:
"Former Ethiopian aircraft seen at Asmara, Eritrea in Aug93 and Mar94 were-
MiG-21: 1058, 1065, 1082, 1098, 1127, 1129, 1461, 1462
Mi-8: 2006, 2008
T-33A: 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 252, 264, 270
The photos on your site appear to show a couple of MiG-23s as well.
Ian added the following:
Fairchild C-119K Flying Boxcar: 918 & 919 were former the Belgian C-119Gs CP-29 and CP-37. Whether they wore 918 and 919 needs confirmation.
910 cn11261 (53-7844) Wfu Asmara Mar94
911 cn11277 (53-7856) Wfu Debre Zeit 1998
912 cn11066 (52-5899) Wfu Debre Zeit 1998
913 cn11111 (52-5932) ....
914 cn11252 (53-7835) ....
915 cn11199 (53-3188) Wfu Debre Zeit 1998
916 cn211 (53-8108) Wfu Debre Zeit 1998
917 cn11171 (53-3160) Wfu Debre Zeit 1998
918 cn11086 (52-6047) Wfu Debre Zeit 1998
919 cn11123 (52-6055) Wfu Debre Zeit 1998
(wfu = without further use)
So 910 looks like a safe bet!"
As a note: T-33A 252, 264 and 270 have also been reported as F-86A and in fact are in the F-86 serial range (-Stig).
Nigel Prevett added in support:
Back in 1993 I was on an Ethiopian Airlines 767 to Addis which stopped; I cannot recall if it is/was the only one present, probably.
My notes read:
1993-09-20 Asmara 910 derelict ET C-119
1993-09-20 Asmara ET-AJH wfu ET DC3
Eric Taylor sent me these photos, taken in June 2006 in Asmara, Eritrea.
Eric also added: "There is also an ex-Aeroflot An-12, a Boeing 727 ("Training Mockup"? Read more below) and a Canadian Hughes 500C helicopter at the same site.
Eric later added the following info on the 727: "It's an ex-Aero Zambia Boeing 727-25F, 5Y-BMW (c/n 18255/14) and has quite an interesting history!
|Oleg sent me this tale of an An-12 (An-12BP CCCP-12114, c/n: 402411) preserved -if that is the word for it- at (Expo di) Asmara:
"Just happened to stumble upon this webpage, concerning a some-what castrated hull of AN-12 CUB now on display at the recreational park grounds in the Southern suburbs of Asmara, Eritrea.
Part of my history: in 1986 I was serving with the Soviet Military Advisers team and in August I had got new assignment to Asmara.
Once I was accompanying our Commanding General on his visit to the Asmara AF Base. There at the outskirts of the field we saw a damaged Soviet AN-12. The plane had been hit by a couple of small fragments of shrapnel produced by explosion of some EPLF rocket. It was an interesting case – one of those splinters penetrated forward starboard section skin hitting oxygen equipment package located on rear bulkhead of the pressurized passengers’ cabin (just aft of flight deck). Small punctures – critical damage: flight deck and pressurized cabin were burned-down.
Relief squadron commander declared the aircraft beyond salvage and decided to cannibalize her.
The plane had been gradually stripped of engines, avionics, landing gears, etc. when our General happened to pass by… Bang! Generals are prone to have sparks of genius: the plane would be converted into the make-shift Barracks for the enlisted personnel of the Soviet signal detachment at the Advisers’ Group HQ (Kagnew Station)! The inventive moron would not be bothered by the fact that signal platoon troops had been already billeted in the rather comfortable rooms (in the former US Officers’ Club house). General just had his whim!
In the next few days AF technicians dismantled wings and horizontal stabilizer, then two Signals warrant-officers were dispatched to prepare the airframe for towing into the down-town. They simply hacked the tail section off (down to the loading ramp) using simple axe and a push-pull felling saw!
One thing should be kept in mind – Asmara lays at an altitude of approximately 2.500 meters ASL, if I’m not mistaken. Therefore it is rather cold at night – and our soldiers had to sleep in their winter field jackets and Army shapkas, sometimes even covering themselves with mattresses against cold and moisture mountain air... During day time, it was all different and African sun was heating the aircraft metal mercilessly and the night shift signal operators had to strip off even their underwear trying to get some sleep in extricating oven heat!
Courtesy Google Earth I can present the following photo to illustrate Oleg's story: