№5 Squadron reborn — Part 2

Selected to be the first Commanding Officer of №5 Jet Squadron and ordered to get his unit active as soon as possible, Squadron Leader Harsha Abeywickrama faced an uphill task. Thankfully, he was allowed to hand-pick a small team to train on the Chinese FT-5 jet trainers which were due in a few months.

The team from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force on arrival in Colombo. SH collection

The group selected as the core of the SLAF’s jet squadron consisted of Priyantha Gunasinghe, Sudarshana Pathirana…

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Suren Ratwatte

Suren Ratwatte

I love airplanes. As an airline captain I flew many including the A380 and Boeing 777. But wish I’d had the opportunity to fly some of these old propliners.