When the threat of SA-7s suddenly emerged, in March 1973, the FAP was taken by surprise, and suffered a loss of three Fiat G.91R-4s, as well as one Do.27K-2 within a short period of time. Portuguese reaction was sober, nevertheless, with all the aircraft participating in operations near the combat zone being overpainted in IR-Green colour that helped decrease the IR-signature of the aircraft. The Do.27K-2 depicted here is serialled 3470: this was the serial of the Dornier shot down by PAIGC in spring 1973. It remains unclear, however, if the plane already wore this camouflage pattern by the time, or the usual 'peacetime' livery of aluminum, white and day-glo orange.
Artist: © Tom Cooper
Source: The ACIG Journal