Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Aviation Unit

History

Narrative Summary

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) is the national police force of Papua New Guinea. The force was formally established circa 1950 with the merger of two former colonial police forces, to form the Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary. In 1972 the ‘and’ was dropped from the title.

The huge size of Papua New Guinea, and the limited road network makes air support a very useful tool in law enforcement. A small Aviation Unit was established around 2008. A DHC-6 Twin Otter was obtained on lease from a commercial operator for a few months in 2008. The following year a new Bell 407 helicopter was delivered. In 2013 the helicopter was sold, with no replacement.

Key Dates

2008 RPNGC Aviation Unit established.
Aug 2008 First aircraft delivered – DHC-6 Twin Otter.
2009 First helicopter delivered.
2013 Helicopter withdrawn from use.

Current Status

The RPNGC currently has no aircraft or helicopters.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

Aircraft carry ‘POLICE’ titles on the fuselage sides, and the Constabulary crest near the cockpit.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with RPNGC carried Papua New Guinea civil registrations, e.g. Bell 407 P2-POL.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell 407 1 2009 2013 Canada
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 2008 2008 ex-civil

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Spring Gardens Road, Port Moresby.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Allocations

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Allocations

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are or were based at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter

History

One DHC-6 Twin Otter 200 obtained in August 2008. Operated by Goroka Air Services on behalf of the Police. Used for Policing duties. Sold to a commercial operator in October 2008.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-POM 164 P2-MDK Aug 2008 to VH-XFM 16 Oct 2008


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Papua New Guinea PO Bell 407

History

One new-build Bell 407 delivered in Sept 2009. Used for policing duties. Sold to a commercial operator between Jan 2013 and May 2014.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-POL 53338 C-GLZU Sep 2009 Sold to Helifix Operations by May 2014


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

St John Papua New Guinea Rescue Helicopter

History

Narrative Summary

St John Papua New Guinea is a non-governmental organisation which is part of the international charity known as the Order of St John. The Papua New Guinea branch was first established in the 1960s. St John runs an ambulance service under an agreement with the Department of Health. Between 2007 and 2010, at least, St John PNG operated an emergency rescue helicopter. This now appears to have been withdrawn.

Key Dates

196? St John PNG established.
19?? Ambulance service launched
?? First helicopter delivered
20?? Helicopter withdrawn from use

Current Status

There is no mention of the helicopter on the current St John Papua New Guinea Ambulance service web page.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

It is not clear what special markings the St John PNG helicopter carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with St John PNG carry Papua New Guinea civil registrations, i.e. P2-xxx.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell 206 JetRanger 1 ?? ?? USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

PO Box 6075, Boroko N.C.D, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Allocations

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Allocations

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The helciopter was presumably based at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

St John Papua New Guinea
Facebook St John Ambulance Service PNG
St John Association of Papua New Guinea

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Bell 206 JetRanger

History

One Bell 206 JetRanger obtained at an unknown date. Used by the St John Papua New Guinea Ambulance Service. Believed to be still in service in 2007. Retired at an unknown date. No information appears to be available on the identity of this helicopter.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-0??? n/a   ? wfu ?


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Airshow Dates 2015 – North America

The listing for 2015 will be added here shortly.

Airshow Dates 2015 – Rest of the World

The listing for 2015 will be added here shortly.

Airshow Dates 2015 – Europe

The listing for 2015 will be added here shortly.

Air Combat Collection (1) Contents Listing

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No.1 March 2003
Panavia Tornado; Hawker Typhhon; Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (Diecast model: Panavia Tornado GR.1, 617 Sqn RAF Dersert Storm colours)
No.2 March 2003
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom; Eurofighter Typhoon; Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Diecast model: McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II US Navy)
No.3 April 2003
Grumman F-14 Tomcat; Republic P-47 Thunderbolt; English Electric Lightning (Diecast model: Grumman F-14 Tomcat, US Navy)
No.4 March 2003
Junkers Ju 87 Stuka; Lockheed Martin F/A-22 Raptor; Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-25 ‘Foxbat’ (Diecast model: Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Luftwaffe)
No.5 March 2003
Boeing AH-64 Apache; Lockheed P-38 Lightning; Avro Vulcan (Diecast model: Boeing AH-64D Apache US Army)
No.6 April 2003
Dassault Rafale; General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark; Junkers Ju 88 (Diecast model: Dassault Rafale)
No.7 April 2003
Lockheed Martin F-35; Supermarine Spitfire; Tupolev Tu-95/142 ‘Bear’ (Diecast model: Supermarine Spitfire)
No.8 May 2003
Boeing F-15 Eagle; North American B-25 Mitchell; English Electric Canberra (Diecast model: Boeing F-15 Eagle)
No.9 May 2003
Sukhoi Su-27/30 ‘Flanker’ family; British Aerospace Sea Harrier; Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (Diecast model: BAe Sea Harrier)
No.10 June 2003
Northrop B-2A Stealth Bomber; Grumman F6F Hellcat; Vought F-8 Crusader (Diecast model: Vought F-8 Crusader)
No.11 June 2003
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk; Hawker Hunter; Yakovlev Yak-1/3/7/9 (Diecast model: Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk)
No.12 June 2003
Lockheed F-104 Starfighter; Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack; de Havilland Mosquito (Diecast model: Lockheed F-104 Starfighter)
No.13 July 2003
Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II; Convair B-58 Hustler; North American P-51 Mustang (Diecast model: North American P-51 Mustang)
No.14 July 2003
Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum'; Grumman A-6 Intruder; Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet (Diecast model: Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum)
No.15 August 2003
Avro Lancaster; North American F-86 Sabre; SAAB JAS 39 Gripen; (Diecast model: North American F-86 Sabre)
No.16 August 2003
B-1B Lancer; Vought F4U Corsair; Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-23/27 ‘Flogger’ (Diecast model: Vought F4U Corsair)
No.17 2003
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress; Focke Wulf Fw 190; SAAB 37 Viggen (Diecast model: Focke-Wulf Fw 190)
No.18 September 2003
Dassault Mirage III; Sukhoi Su-24 ‘Fencer'; Hawker Hurricane (Diecast model: Dassault Mirage III)
No.19 October 2003
McDonnell Douglas AV-8 Harrier II; Messerschmitt Bf 109; Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-21 ‘Fishbed’ (Direcast Model: Messerschmitt Bf 109E )
No.20 October 2003
Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind'; Nakajima Ki-84; Convair F-106 Delta Dart (Diecast model: Mil Mi-24 Hind)
No.21 November 2003
Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-31 ‘Foxhound'; Northrop F-5; Heinkel He 111 (Diecast model: Northrop F-5E Tiger II)
No.22 November 2003
Boeing F/A-18 Hornet; Mitsubishi A6M Zero; Sukhoi Su-7/17/20/22 ‘Fitter’ family (Diecast model: Mitsubishi A6M Zero)
No.23 December 2003
Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon; Tupolev Tu-16 ‘Badger'; Bristol Beaufighter (Diecast model: Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon)
No.24 December 2003
Kamov Ka-50 ‘Hokum'; Gloster Meteor; Consolidated B-24 Liberator (Diecast model: Gloster Meteor)
No.25 January 2004
Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot; Messerschmitt Me 262; Republic F-105 Thunderchief (Diecast model: Messerschmitt Me 262)
No.26 February 2004
Dassault Mirage 2000; Boeing B-47 Stratojet; Ilyushin Il-2/10 Shturmovik (Diecast Model: Dassault Mirage 2000)
No.27 March 2004
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk; Dassault Mirage F1; Messerschmitt Bf 110 (Diecast model: Douglas A-4 Skyhawk)
No.28 April 2004
North American F-100 Super Sabre; Hawker Tempest; Tupolev Tu-22M Backfire (Diecast model: Hawker Tempest RAF)
No.29 May 2004
Convair B-36; SEPECAT Jaguar; Douglas SBD Dauntless (Diecast model: SEPECAT Jaguar)
No.30 June 2004
Lockheed AC-130 Hercules; Handley Page Victor; Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (Diecast model: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk)
No.31 July 2004
Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-17 ‘Fresco'; Handley Page Halifax; Eurocopter Tiger (Diecast model: Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-17 Fresco)
No.32 August 2004
SAAb 35 Draken; Bell AH-1 Hueycobra; Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (Diecast model: Bell AH-1 Cobra)

Air Combat Collection (1)

‘Air Combat Collection’ was one of the first magazines to try the magazine-with-a-model combination that is now very popular around the world. Each 16-page A4 issue covered one warplane type from each of three eras: Pre-1945, 1946-69 and post-1970, including cutaways, technical specifications, side views, both colour and black and white illustrations, plus a cover-mounted 1/100th scale model of one of them.

Further information:
Air Combat Collection

[*] Contents Listing, Air Combat Collection

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