PR.9 - CHILEAN AIR FORCE - 341
341 - Los Corillos Airport
At the National Air & Space Museum, Los Cerrillos, Chile - December 1997(Photo : Alvaro Romero Perez)

 

This PR.9 was built in 1960 and delivered, as XH166, to 58 Sqd at RAF Wyton. 58 Sqd's PR.9s were left in natural metal finish - just about the only operational RAF aircraft that flew this way. Around December 1962, 58 Sqd shut down and XH166 was transferred to 13 Sqd (at RAF Akrotiri?) and probably went with them when they moved to RAF Luqa (Malta).

Over the next few years, XH166 moved between 13 Sqd and 39 Sqd a few times ending up on 39 Sqd. When 39 Sqd was disbanded in May 1982 [to reform as 1 PRU], XH173 went into store at RAF St Athan - but not for long.

On 15 October 1982 XH166 was flown out of RAF Wyton, as Chilean Air Force No 341, by a Chilean Air Force crew. The other two PR.9s were XH167 [342] and XH173 [343] which flew out on the same day. Sadly CAF PR.9 -342 [XH167] was lost in a flying accident on 25 May 1983 near Punta Arenas (Chilean Patagonia) whilst on a reccon mission near the Argentinian frontier.

The "survivor" photo was taken in 1997 by Alvaro Romero Perez who reports that in 1998 this aircraft was to be re-built for display. Hopefully this PR.9, and its sister ship 343, will soon be on display at the Chilean National Air and Space Museum at Los Cerrillos airport.