Aviation Photo #1767850 British Aerospace BAe-748 - Sri Lanka - Air Force

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Sri Lanka had a long reliance on 748s that served in Air Ceylon and Sri Lanka Air Force. # 2 Squadron used 5 (including one ex Air Ceylon) as an air bridge to supply the beleaguered northern Jaffna garrison from 1983 to 1995. These aircrafts did the 45 minute flight to the battlefront 24/7. In April 1995, two were lost to MANPADS on consecutive days with the loss of all aboard. Tactics were changed and An-32Bs with electronic countermeasures were introduced. The surviving three soldiered on till 2003.
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    Sri Lanka - Air Force
    British Aerospace BAe-748
    British Aerospace BAe-748
    British Aerospace BAe-748
    British Aerospace
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    Colombo - Ratmalana
    Sri Lanka
    August 3, 2010
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