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K-W070 at Vientiane, Laos for Mekong River Survey.
Photos: Barrie Crampton © 1959
Unmarked Beaver on test flight from DHC.
Photos: de Havilland Canada © Circa October 1957 - DHC 326-329 - Aird Archives


K-W070  XU-070



K-W070 Aviation Royale Khmere. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Delivered 17-Oct-1957.

Note: Three L-20 Beavers were handed over by the US MAAG at the end of 1956? All three were still listed as being in service in 1968.

Titled “Mekong River Survey” and “Canadian Colombo Plan.” in 1959.

Note: The Colombo Plan was and still is a regional organization that embodies the concept of collective inter-governmental effort to strengthen economic and social development of member countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. The primary focus of all Colombo Plan activities is on human resources development. The organization was born out of a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in January 1950. At this meeting, the plan was established to provide a framework within which international cooperation efforts could be promoted to raise then standards of people in the region. Originally conceived as lasting for a period of six years, the Colombo Plan was extended several times until 1980, when it was extended indefinitely. The Mekong River Survey was activated by the Canadian Department of External Affairs through the plan. The Survey is continued to this day with 67 new species of fish traced in 2011.

XU-070 Reported as Royal Cambodian Air Force / Songsakd Kitchpanich. Jun-1960. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Note: Military Aviation Review has a photo of XU-070 but as a An-24/Harbin Y-7

XU -AAB Regd Jul-1960. Canx Nov-1962.

Note: Reported as crashed. Nov-1962.

XU-AAB  Canx Nov-1962.

Fate Unknown