Cessna A-37B Dragonfly VH-XVA was first registered in Australia

15 Jun 1994

The Cessna A-37B Dragonfly is an American built aircraft. The initial use of the Dragonfly was for training, however later models were adapted for counter insurgency roles. During the Vietnam War, the United States delivered 254 Dragonfly aircraft to the Vietnam Air Force. These aircraft supported Australia’s ground forces and were often controlled by Australian Forward Air Controllers.

After the war ended in 1975, ninety-five were captured and used by the Vietnam People’s Air Force. Ten of those Dragonfly aircraft were purchased after 1989 and sent to Australia. Two restored aircraft were purchased by David Lowy who donated them to the Temora Aviation Museum in December 2000 (WH-XVA) and November 2001 (WH-DLO). VH-XVA received further restoration works and was registered with the Australian Civil Aviation Authority (CASA).  

VH-XVA now forms part of the RAAF No 100 Squadron.

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