The original equipment of the Austrian Armed Forces was on land and in the air quite modest and consisted mainly of gifts and very cheaply acquired, used equipment of the former occupying powers. Thus, at the beginning of 1956, the Austrian Air Force had only four Yakovlev Yak-11 and Yak-18 for basic training – gifts from the USSR – and one Bell 47G2 helicopter acquired in France. Therefore, the most urgent task was to procure modern flying equipment. During these months, the Federal Ministry of Defence received offers from various manufacturers and distributors for some modern aircraft types, ranging from the Dassault Mystere IV to the De Havilland Vampire and the Hispano Aviacion HA-200 Saeta to the North American F-86 Sabre. On the following pages all types of airplanes and helicopters bought and leased by the Austrian Armed Forces from 1955 to the present day are listed chronologically. Austrian and English Language text. Illustrated throughout with high quality photographs.
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