Not a magazine – but HUGE A1 foldout page of SAAF fighters & SA Armour.
Meko200 Corvettes; Centurion Mk III; SAAB JAS 39 Gripen in SAAF Service; Airbus A300B in South African Service; History of South African Aviation: Balloons
South Africa in the Second World War; Weaponry of the Air Force in 1939; Centurion Mk 5; History of South African Aviation: From Glider to Voisin; Mirage IIIEZ; Boeing 727 in South African Service
Armament of the Meko 200; SA Vehicles in Iraq; SA Armour in 1939; Mirage F1CZ; 1 Time Airline History; Boeing 737 in South Africa; History of Aviation in South Africa: Boxkite.
The tale of the AK-47; President Class Frigates; Elephant MK 1; Battle of Blaauwberg; Natal Railways; AT6 Harvard in SAAF Service; De Haviland Canada Dash 8-300 in South Africa; Armament of SA Ground Forces in 1939; Foster-Daimler; Anglo-Boer War the Jameson Raid; History of Aviation in South Africa: Paterson Biplane.
State Artillery during 1899 Anglo-Boer war; Bossieman hunter; Boeing 747SP; Legendary horses of the Birkenhead; Oliphant Mk I; Ton Class Coastal Minesweepers; SAAF’s new Agusta A109 LUH; Natal Railways; South African Infantry training 1939-1940; Battle of Blaauwberg; Russian front; MiG & the Mirage A.
Type 15 anti-submarine frigate; History of aviation in South Africa; Oliphant Mk I & MkI ARV; Policing duties from the SWAP in South West Africa; Anglo-Boer War ZAR artillery; Lockheed C-130 Hercules; Ramjet engine; Traction engines during the Anglo-Boer War; SA Navy in 1939; Natal Railways; Gecko 8×8.
The Straz Graniczna was first established in 1928, but no aircraft were operated until after World War Two. Between 1945 and 1989 the task was performed by a military force called Wojska Ochrony Pogranicza (Border Defence Army or Frontier Protection Forces), which was a part of the Army. This included one Independent Recce. Aviation Squadron based at Wicko on the Baltic Coast. In 1972 there was a big re-organisation of Police and interior forces. The 103. Air Regiment of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MI) was established. The WOP Aviation Squadron was disbanded and replaced by aircraft borrowed from 103. Air Regiment. In 1990 a parliamentary act was passed which authorised the transformation of the WOP into a civilian agency under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. On 16 May 1991 the frontier force became the Border Guard, with the main roles of border policing and coastal patrol. The first dedicated helicopters (three PZL Kania) were delivered in October 1996 to 103. Regt. The Border Guard Aviation Unit was established in 2000 after the disbanding of 103 Air Regiment. It started with four Mi-2, one W-3 and one PZL M-20. Six PZL-104M were delivered later.
Frontier Protection Forces aviation unit established.
103 Air Regt. established for Ministry of Internal Affairs use.
Police and Border Guard aircraft initially carried semi-civilian registrations with the prefix ‘PL’, e.g. PL-43YG. From December 2002 the prefix was changed to ‘SN’. All Border Guard aircraft then carried registrations in the SN-xxXG (helicopters) or SN-xxYG (fixed-wing) series, e.g. SN-50YG. In 2011 the aircraft were re-registered with fully civilian registrations in the series SP-VSA to SP-VSM. In 2014 the SN-xxxG sequence was reinstated, with aircraft reverting to their previous serials. This history explains why SG aircraft have multiple previous identities.
This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Polish Border Guard since its formation:
Main MarkingFin Flash
Main MarkingFin Flash
The main marking is a red and white quartered disc on a green square. This is displayed above and below each wingtip and on the fin of fixed-wing aircraft and on the fuselage sides of helicopters. The M28 Skytruck appears to use a unique variation of this roundel with the white outline to the red outer ring deleted. The service titles POLISH BORDER GUARD / STRAZ GRANICZNA are carried on the fuselage sides.
One PZL-Mielec M28-05 Skytruck acquired in April 2006. This aircraft has a special avionics fit comprising an ARS-400M radar system in the nose, and Star Safire II FLIR system, and enhanced navigation suite.
14 Apr 2006
based Gdansk Rebiechowo, to SP-VSB Oct 2011, to SN-60YG Feb 2014
* Pre-delivery test registration.
M28 Skytruck SP-PDG seen at Gdansk in March 2006. (photo, Krzysztof Godlewski)