All-Time Aircraft Used Listing

Panamanian Air Force

History

Narrative Summary

The Guardia Nacional established an air force in 1931, after the decision was made in 1914 to disband the Panamanian Navy and formed the Guardia Nacional del Aire (Air National Guard) with 3 light airplanes. Very little military flying was done until Pearl Harbor in 1941, because units of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army Air
Corps, which were based in the Canal Zone, fulfilled the security requirements of Panama. After that the United States established many military bases in Panama to defend the Canal. In the 1940s the Guardia Nacional del Aire was reorganised and became known as Fuerza Aérea de la Guardia Nacional, but was finally disbanded in 1945.

During the next years no military flying took place by the Panamanian government. It was only in October 1964, when an Cessna 185 was taken on charge, that the Guardia Nacional formed the Destacamento Aéreo No.1 (1. Air Detachment). But it took another five years, when the service was expanded with the purchase of additional aircraft and helicopters and became kown as the Fuerza Aérea Panameña (FAP) on January 17, 1969.

The FAP had no combat aircraft but about 30 transport and communication aircraft and helicopters and used two bases in Ciudad de Panamá. At the time of the United States invaion in 1989 the FAP consisted of 4 flying units with about 60 aircraft and helicopters. The Panamanian Air Force lost 37 aircraft during "Operation Just Cause" and was subsequently disbanded. Some of the surviving aircraft were transferred to civilian use.

Key Dates

1931    Guardia Nacional del Aire was formed.
1945 Fuerza Aérea de la Guardia Nacional was disbanded.
October 1964 Destacamento Aéreo No.1 was established.
17 January 1969 Fuerza Aérea Panameña was created as part of the Guardia Nacional.
December 1989 Invasion by the United States (Operation "Just Cause").
December 1989   FAP disbanded.

Current Status

The Air Force was disbanded in December 1989.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

First serials were allocated to aircraft in 1931. Serials began with number 1 and were used in chronological order as aircraft arrived in the Air Force with the prefix G.N. (Guardia Nacional).

FAP aircraft are allocated three-digit serial numbers, usually prefixed from 1969 until 1989 with ‘FAP’, within five blocks:

 

001 to 099 communication (incl. helicopters)

100 to 199 helicopters

200 to 299 twin-engined transports

300 to 399 single-engined transports

400 to 499 multi-engined transports

 

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Alphabetical OrderChronological Order

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ciudad de Panamá

Organisational Structure

The Air Force is organised in three operational squadrons and one presidential flight.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1933)
Historical Order of Battle (as at 1967)
Historical Order of Battle (as at 1977)
Historical Order of Battle (as at 1989)

All-Time Flying Units List

(only units, which are not included in the Orders of Battle)
Guardia Nacional del Aire

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

None.

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

To be added.

Current Unit Assignments

Unit Type Base
North Island
Northland Emergency Services Trust 3 x S-76A Whangerei, Northland
Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust 2 x BK117D2 Auckland City, Auckland
Airwork Flight Operations 1 x Westwind 2 Auckland Airport, Auckland
Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x BK117B2 Hamilton, Waikato
Westpac Air Ambulance 1 x MU-2, 1 x PA-31 Chieftain Hamilton, Waikato
Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Taupo, Waikato
Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x AS 350 Gisborne, East Coast
Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x BK117B2 Hastings, Hawke’s Bay
Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x A109 Power New Plymouth, Taranaki
Life Flight Trust 1 x BK117,
1 x Jetstream 32, 2 x Metroliner
Wellington City, Wellington
South Island
Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x BK117, 1 x AS 350BA Nelson, Marlborough
Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust 1 x BK117B2 Christchuch, Canterbury
NZCC Rescue Helicopter 1 x AS 350 Greymouth, West Coast
Lakes District Air Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Queenstown, Otago
Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x BK117B2 Dunedin, Otago
Southern Lakes Helicopters 1 x AS350 Te Anau, Southland

New Zealand Air Ambulance Service Providers

History

Narrative Summary

Given the low population density of New Zealand and the large distances between hospitals, Air Ambulance and helicopter rescue services have become a vital amenity.

From the 1950s fixed-wing aircraft were being used to transport critically ill patients in remote aereas ot larger hospitals. The Kaitāia Aero Club operated an air ambulance from 1952 – first using a Fox Moth aeroplane and then a twin-engined Dominie.

In late 1970 the first rescue helicopter service was launched in Auckland. This pioneering programme was soon imitated in other parts of the country. By the 1980s there were several rescue helicopter services operating. These high profile services soon attracted commercial sponsors. From about 1990 the creation of Charitable Trusts to administer the services was widely adopted.

Today, Air Ambulance services are provided by 18 rescue helicopter trusts, and 12 companies and clubs operating fixed-wing aircraft. These organisations are contracted by the government to ensure all regions have an ambulance service. Rescue helicopters also assist with police and search and rescue operations.

Air Ambulance services receive less than half of their funding from government, the rest comes from public donations and commercial sponsorship.

Key Dates

late 1970 First rescue helicopter service launched in Auckland.
1986 Commercial sponsors start providing funding.
1990 Charitable Trusts become the preferred administration model.

Current Status

There are 18 rescue helicopter trusts and 12 companies and clubs providing air ambulance services.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

Special Markings

New Zealand Air Ambulances and rescue helicopters operate in a wide variety of markings. The helicopters normally display several coporate logos from their commercial sponosrs. There are no standard service titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft and helicopters carry standard New Zealand civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

To be added.

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

There is no central headquarters. The service is provided by individual operators tasked through the 111 emergency phone number system.

Organisational Structure

To be added.

Current Unit Allocations

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Allocations

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See unit allocations.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.


More Information

Books

None known

Magazines

To be added

Websites

Wikipedia: Emergency Medical Services in New Zealand
The Air Rescue Group
Helis.com: New Zealand
New Zealand Rescue Helicopters
New Zealand Air Ambulances
Ambulance Services

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

All-Time Units Listing

This page lists all the New Zealand Air Ambulance Service Providers, since the service’s introduction.

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
Phillips Search and Rescue Trust
Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust (Taranaki Electricity Trust)
Hawkes Bay Helicopter Trust
Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust (Eastland Community Trust)
Skyline Aviation Ltd
Lifeflight Trust
Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust (Otago Helicopters)
Garden City Helicopters Ltd
Northland Emergency Services Trust
Lakes District Air Rescue Trust
Stewart Island Flights

BayTrust Rescue Helicopter
Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust
Capital Helicopters
Christchurch
Greenlea Rescue Helicopter
Hamilton
Lowe Walker
Nelson/Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust
Palmerston North
Solid Energy
Southern Lakes Helicopters
Trustpower TECT

Current Inventory

Aircraft Type Total
Del’d
Total
Now
Role Origin
Aerospatiale AS 350 Squirrel 9 9 Air Ambulance France
AgustaWestland A109 Power 1 1 Air Ambulance Italy
AgustaWestland AW169 (2) - Air Ambulance Italy
British Aerospace Jetstream 32 1 1 Air Ambulance UK
Fairchild Metroliner SA 227CC 2 2 Air Ambulance USA
IAI Westwind 2 1 1 Air Ambulance Israel
MBB BK117 8 8 Air Ambulance Germany
Mitsubishi MU-2 1 1 Air Ambulance Japan
Piper PA-31 Chieftain 1 1 Air Ambulance USA
Sikorsky S-76A 3 3 Air Ambulance USA

Aircraft-Carrying Ships

This page gives a summary of the aircraft-carrying ships which have been or are used by the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Pennant No. Name Type Status
C70 HMNZS Achilles Cruiser Retired
C75 HMNZS Leander Cruiser Retired
F421 HMNZS Canterbury Frigate Retired
F104 HMNZS Southland Frigate Retired
F55 HMNZS Waikato Frigate Retired
F69 HMNZS Wellington Frigate Retired
F77 HMNZS Te Kaha Frigate Active
F111 HMNZS Te Mana Frigate Active
L421 HMNZS Canterbury Amphibious Support Active
P148 HMNZS Otago Offshore Patrol Active
P55 HMNZS Wellington Offshore Patrol Active

Royal New Zealand Navy

History

Narrative Summary

The Royal New Zealand Navy started life as the New Zealand Naval Forces, part of the British Royal Navy from 1913. In 1921 this became the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy, and in October 1941 became a fully independent naval force as the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Beginning in 1936, the NZD operated catapult-launched Walrus amphibian biplanes from HMS Achilles and HMS Leander. The former ship took part in the Battle of the River Plate in 1939. The aircraft were retired at the end of World War II.

In 1966 the RNZN became a helicopter operator, forming a squadron of Westland Wasp helicopters. Deployed on the Navy’s Leander Class Frigates, the Wasp provided excellent service for the next 32 years. In 1998 the Kaman SH-2 Seaprite replaced the Wasp in RNZN service. Initially an interim standard SH-2F version was operated, but this was later replaced by the more advanced SH-2G version.

Key Dates

1 October 1941 Royal New Zealand Navy established as a separate organisation.
1966 First helicopter type obtained – Westland Wasp.
1998 Kaman SH-2 Seasprite begins to replace the Wasp helicopter.

Current Status

All RNZN helicopters currently are currently active.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

The Walrus aircraft operated in standard Fleet Air Arm colours. The Wasp helicopter carried the high visibility version of the red Kiwi roundel on the fuselage sides, with ‘RNZN’ service titles. The Seaprites carry the low visibility version of the roundel with ‘NAVY’ service titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the RNZN carry serials in the same sequence as the RNZAF, e.g. Wasp NZ3907.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total
Del’d
Total
Now
Role
Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprite 5 5 ASW

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Kaman SH-2F Seasprite 4 1998 2001 USA
Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite 8 2014 n/a USA
Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprite 5 2001 current USA
Supermarine Walrus I ? 1936 1947 UK
Westland Wasp HAS.1 15 1966 1998 UK

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, Trentham, Upper Hutt, Wellington.

Organisational Structure

The only current flying unit is No. 6 Squadron.

Current Unit Allocations

As above.

Historical Unit Allocations

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

3 Squadron RNZAF
6 Squadron RNZAF
Naval Support Flight

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

RNZN aircraft have been based at Whenuapai since July 1998.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

No.3 Squadron was originally based at Hobsonville until 1998.
Aircraft-Carrying Ships Listing


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Royal New Zealand Navy
Official website

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Costa Rican Air Force

History

Narrative Summary

Military aviation started in 1947 as Fuerza Aérea Costarricense, when the government bought two P-38L, one A-24B and one B-18B. But it was only about June 1950, when the last of these aircraft was sold and the Air Force stopped to exist. Last combat operations with some Mustang fighter aircraft were in 1955 during hostilities with Nicaraguan-supported expatriates. But after the end of the fighting all aircraft were written off.

Key Dates

1947    Fuerza Aérea Costarricense was formed.
1955    Last combat operations with F-51D Mustang.

Current Status

Not applicable.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The civilian registration prefix TI was used until 1994.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Alphabetical OrderChronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters:
San Jose

Organisational Structure

To be added.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

None.

Magazines:

None.

Websites:

Scramble: Costa Rica Air Arm

All-Time Aircraft Listing – Chronological

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