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  • Rhodesian Argonaut at London Airport -  Canadair Argonaut

Canadair C.4 Argonaut Rhodesian Air Force Limited Edition Photograph - by Aviation Photographer Peter Keating

 

This is a rare image…a newly painted Canadair C.4 Argonaut, it's four Merlin engines recently overhauled, freshly painted in the livery of the Royal Rhodesian Air Force in front of the BOAC building at London Airport in February 1960.

 

With the old BOAC registration G-ALHH still on the tail RRAF181 is ready to be ferried off to New Sarum Air Base south of Salisbury in Rhodesia.


This was one of four Argonauts bought by Rhodesia to bolster the lifting capabilities of RRAF's 3 Squadron which also flew Dakotas.  The C.4s only stayed with the RRAF for four years before they were returned to BOAC and eventually scrapped.  While with the RRAF, however, they performed well in virtually all their allotted tasks.


 

They were used for VIP travel, particularly when Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, visited in 1960. Later that same year they were used for humanitarian  relief, evacuating refugees fleeing during the Congo emergency.  Their main role was trooping, working as part of Rhodesia's commitment to both the Commonwealth and the Central African Federation. 


Two sizes are available. The 14" image is limited to 30 copies, while the 22" version is limited to 20 copies


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Rhodesian Argonaut at London Airport - Canadair Argonaut

  • Artist: Peter Keating
  • Product Code: CHG-014
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £24.00


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