The A-37B Dragonfly is an all-metal, retractable gear, low wing twin turbojet powered aircraft. VH-DLO carries constructor’s number 68-10805 and VH-XVA is 68-10779. A total of 577 A-37Bs were delivered.
The Cessna A-37B Dragonfly is a development of an aircraft originally designed in 1952 as a trainer for the US Air Force. The A-37B in its current configuration is designed as a ground attack aircraft and was developed to meet the COIN (counter insurgency) role.
The US Government supplied 254 Cessna A-37B Dragonfly’s to the Vietnam Air Force (VNAF) during the Vietnam War. Throughout the war, A-37s were used extensively in support of Australian ground forces with many missions being directed by Australian Forward Air Controllers (FAC’s).
After the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, ninety-five VNAF A-37B aircraft were captured and incorporated into the Vietnamese People’s Air Force, the aircraft was among those captured. They were used in active service by their new “owners” and played a part in several regional conflicts involving Vietnam.