Flightline 2020

Cessna 337 Skymaster, F-HCRF

Cessna_317 F-HCRF © Steve Vonlanthen

The Cessna Skymaster is an innovative twin-engine aircraft, initially designed for a civil utility usage. Instead of the engines being mounted on the wings, one is mounted on the nose and the other at the rear of the fuselage.
With this ‘push-pull’ configuration, the aircraft is much easier to handle on one engine than a conventional setup. The combination of a tractor and a pusher engine produces a unique unmistakeable sound. Enthusiasts have no doubt when they hear a Skymaster fly over.

During the Vietnam War, the US and South-Vietnamese armies used the O-2 variant as a Forward Air Controller platform.
The Skymasters were also used for target identification and marking, for search and rescue of pilots who had ejected over the North-Vietnam rainforest, strafing, and psychological warfare for some of them equipped with loud speakers and tracts dropping systems.

This 337 was built by Reims Aviation and sold in 1974, with a dozen others, to the Portuguese Air force by Pierre Clostermann, the French WWII as, who was then the company’s MD.

After a long negotiation process, Raymond Frappot succeeded in buying it and having it registered in France.

He restored it with the colours of the South-Vietnamese air force.

Raymond Frappot died accidentally on the 17th of February 2020, at the Les Mureaux airfield, whilst doing some maintenance work on his aircraft.

AIR LEGEND 2020 has decided to honour this passionate man, who much appreciated within the aviation community, and his Cessna 337 will be displayed in flight by his friend Jean-Claude Roumilhac.

 

Photos :
© Steve Vonlanthen (main photo)
© Jean-Pierre Touzeau (blue sky)
© Philippe Delarbre – Les DCA (others)

 

This aircraft will be visible on :

  1. Saturday 12th September 2020
  2. Sunday 13th September 2020

Pilot : Jean-Claude Roumilhac

Manufacturing date : 1974

Registration number : F-HCRF

Serial number : FTB3370025

Livery : Armée de l'air sud-vietanmienne

Cessna 317 F-HCRF ©Jean-Pierre Touzeau Cessna 317 F-HCRF Philippe Delarbre - Les DCA Cessna 317 F-HCRF Philippe Delarbre - Les DCA Cessna 317 F-HCRF Philippe Delarbre - Les DCA