Royal Thai Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is one of the oldest air forces in Asia, being formed in 1913. Three Thai Army officers, who had been sent to France for pilot training, returned in November 1913 with eight military aircraft. This formed the basis for establishing the Siamese Flying Corps, which operated under Army control until 1937, when it became an independent service called the Royal Siam Air Force. Two years later the service was renamed the Royal Thai Air force.

Key Dates

28 Feb 1912    First Thai Army officers sent to France for pilot training
2 Nov 1913    Siamese Flying Corps first established
1919    Siamese Flying Corps renamed Royal Siamese Aeronautical Service
1937    Royal Siamese Aeronautical Service renamed Royal Siamese Air Force
1939    Royal Siamese Air Force renamed Royal Thai Air Force

Current Status

The Royal Thai Air Force is fully operational.

Future Plans

To be added.

Markings

National Insignia

To be added.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Since 1949, the RTAF has operated a sophisticated serial numbering system that describes the aircraft role, type, individual number and year of purchase. Full details are given on Steve Darke’s Thai-Aviation website – see link below. The number is displayed in Thai script in a relatively small font. In addition, aircraft often retain the serial number assigned by the previous operator, e.g. the US FMS serial.

Unit/Base Codes

Each RTAF aircraft carries an individual squadron code, in addition to the air force serial, which can be reused as aircraft are retired. For front-line aircraft the code is normally a five-digit number, while for second-line aircraft shorter numbers are often used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

The RTAF has its own aircraft designation system which is incorporated into the aircraft serial number, as mentioned above.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Don Muang Air Base, Bangkok.

Organisational Structure

The RTAF is organised into four Air Divisions, each comprising two or three Wings. Each Wing has between one and six Squadrons.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See current order of battle.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

World Air Forces Directory 2013/14 by Ian Carroll (Mach III)

Magazines

World Air Power Journal Vo.8 p.145-146

Websites

Official Royal Thai Air Force website

wikipedia: Thai Air Force

Scramble: Thailand

Global Security: Royal Thai Air Force

Thai Aviation

Eritrean Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Eritrean gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993. During the independence war, a number of aircraft and helicopters were captured from Ethiopia. In 1994 an Eritrean Air Force was formally established. The first equipment comprised former Ethiopian Air Force aircraft. To enable a full range of operational capabilities, transport aircraft were obtained from China and training aircraft from Finland and Italy. Following the acquisition of Su-27s by Ethiopia in 1998, a batch of MiG-29s was delivered to maintain military parity.

Key Dates

1994    Eritrean Air Force first established

Current Status

The Eritrean Air Force is fully operational.

Future Plans

To be added.

Markings

National Insignia

To be added.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Eritrean Air Force serial numbering system normally consists of a three digit number plus the prefix ‘ERAF-‘ or ‘ER-‘. Trainer aircraft appear to carry no serial prefix. e.g. ER-102 for MiG-21, ERAF-301 for Mi-17 and 404 for MB339.

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

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Asmara.

Organisational Structure

The ErAF is organised into 8 Squadrons of aircraft.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

1 Squadron
2 Squadron
3 Squadron
4 Squadron
5 Squadron
6 Squadron
7 Squadron
8 Squadron

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See current order of battle.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

African Air Forces by Winston Brent (Freeworld Publications)

World Air Forces Directory 2013/14 by Ian Carroll (Mach III)

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

Pictures of the Eritrean Air Force

wikipedia: Eritrean Air Force

Scramble: Eritrea

South Sudan Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

South Sudan gained autonomy on 9 July 2005. Legislation to enable the creation of a South Sudan Air Force (SSAF) was approved in June 2008. The first aircraft was received in February 2010, and the first helicopters from an initial order for 10 was received in December 2010. Full independence from Sudan was achieved on 9 July 2011. Initially called the Sudan People’s Liberation Air Force, it appears to have become the Sudan People’s Air Force by 2010, and later assumed it’s present title.

Continued political instability in the country resulted in a civil war breaking out on 15 December 2015. The Air Force has been involved in supporting government forces in retaining control of most of the country.

Key Dates

24 June 2008    South Sudan Air Force formally created
Feb 2010    First fixed-wing aircraft received – Beech 1900
Dec 2010    First helicopters received – Mi-17

Current Status

The South Sudan Air Force is fully operational.

Future Plans

To be added.

Markings

National Insignia

The South Sudan Air Force uses a black-red-green roundel with a blue leading segment containing a yellow star. The national flag is used as a fin flash.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

SSAF helicopters carry serials consisting of a three digit number and the prefix ‘SPAF-‘ e.g. SPAF-106 for a Mil-17V-5. The Beech 1900 carried the last three letters of it’s civil registration.

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

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Juba Air Base, Juba.

Organisational Structure

The SSAF is organised into a Helicopter Unit and a Fixed Wing Unit.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Helicopter Unit
Fixed Wing Unit

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at Juba IAP.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

World Air Forces Directory 2013/14 by Ian Carroll (Mach III)

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

Southern Sudan’s new air force

wikipedia: South Sudan Air Force

Scramble: South Sudan

Katanga Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The former Belgian Congo was given independence on 30 June 1960, amid a prolonged period of political and economic upheaval. Very shortly afterwards, the Province of Katanga declared unilateral independence from the newly established Republic of Congo. The breakaway province was fortunate in having many of the assets of the former colonial policing air arm, the Aviation de la Force Publique du Congo. All AFP aircraft in Katanga were immediately seized and used to form a new air arm, the Katanga Air Force, or Avikat for short. Additional aircraft were later obtained via a variety of legal and illegal means.

The Congo government successfully appealed from help from the United Nations, and a civil war followed, which saw the Katanga Air Force operate extensively in direct support of the rebel ground forces. The United Nations air and ground forces eventually proved decisive, with the Katangan capital Elisabethville being captured on 30 December 1962 and the remnants of the Katangan forces being rounded up soon after. On 21 January 1963, the last stronghold of Kolwezi surrended, formally ending the war.

Key Dates

11 July 1960    Katanga Air Force created
6 Jan 1963    Avikat disbanded

Current Status

The Katanga Air Force was disbanded in January 1963.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

The Katanga Air Force used a red-green-white roundel.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Katanga Air Force aircraft carried numerical serial prefixed by the letters KAT or KA, e.g. Piper PA-22 KAT-72.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

To be added.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

See individual aircraft histories.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Luano Airfield, Elisabethville.

Organisational Structure

To be added.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Order of Battle for 1960
Order of Battle for 1961
Order of Battle for late 1962

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The main air base was Luano, but Kolwezi, Jadotville, Kisenge, Dilolo and Kipushi were also used.

To be added.

More Information

Books

African Military Aviation by Winston A. Brent (Freeworld Publications, 1994)

African Air Forces by Winston Brent (Freeworld Publications, 1999)

Air Wars and Aircraft by Victor Flintham (Arms and Armour Press, 1989)

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

wikipedia: Katangese Air Force

Katangan Air Force

Biafran Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Eastern Region of Nigeria announced its secession as the State of Biafra on 30 May 1967. Having no existing air power, the Biafran Air Force was hastily assembled from a number of aircraft and personnel obtained from abroad. The aircraft were delivered via a variety of legal and illegal means. The Nigerian Army attacked Biafra in July, but Biafran forces counter-attacked and were able to expand their territory. A civil war followed, which saw the Biafran Air Force operate extensively in support of ground forces.

Both the Biafran and Nigerian air forces saw significant expansion during the civil war. Biafra obtained several AT-6s and famously about a dozen MFI-9 ‘Minicons’ for light attack duties, but the Nigerians introduced MiG-17s and Il-28s. In December 1969 Nigerian Federal forces launched a final offensive and Biafra surrendered in January 1970. Most airworthy aircraft fled abroad.

Key Dates

23 Apr 1967    First aircraft obtained – a formerly hijacked F27
July 1967    Biafran Air Force created
13 Jan 1970    Biafra surrenders

Current Status

The Biafran Air Force was disbanded in January 1970.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

The red-black-green Biafran roundel was rarely carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Biafran Air Force aircraft either retained there previous registration or serial, or operated without any external identity markings, e.g. T-6 14810.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

Several aircraft were obtained clandestinely for Biafra, but didn’t manage to complete the delivery flight. These included two Meteor NF.14 night fighters and five Fouga Magisters.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

See individual aircraft histories.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

The BAF headquarters moved several times due to the course of the civil war. The initial location was Enugu.

Organisational Structure

The BAF was initially without much organisational structure, but by 1969 consisted of a Training Command and a Tactical Air Command. The units of the former are unknown. The latter had up to three squadrons.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Order of Battle for late 1967
Order of Battle for mid 1968
Order of Battle for late 1969

All-Time Flying Units List

42 Squadron
45 Squadron
47 Squadron
? units flying the B-25, B-26, C-47 etc.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The main air base was Enugu, but Port Harcourt, Orlu and Uli were also used.

To be added.

More Information

Books

African Military Aviation by Winston A. Brent (Freeworld Publications, 1994)

African Air Forces by Winston Brent (Freeworld Publications, 1999)

Air Wars and Aircraft by Victor Flintham (Arms and Armour Press, 1989)

Shadows: Airlift and Airwar in Biafra and Nigeria 1967-1970 by Micheal I Draper (Hikoki Publications, 1999)

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

Biafran Invaders

wikipedia: Biafra – Military

MFI och Biafra – 7

Royal Saudi Land Forces

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) is the oldest branch of the Saudi military, being formed in 1902 at the start of the War of Unification of Saudi Arabia. The Army was modernised to keep pace with military developments in the following decades. In 1988 (1986?) a plan to establish an Aviation branch was approved and the first helicopters joined the RSLF Aviation Command in 1990. An airborne attack capability was added in 1992, with the arrival of AH-64 Apache helicopters.

Key Dates

13 Jan 1902    Royal Saudi Land Forces first established
1988?    RSLF Aviation Command created
1990    First helicopters received – Bell 406CS

Current Status

The Aviation Command is fully operational.

Future Plans

To be added.

Markings

National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Saudi Army serial numbering system consists of a three digit number (Bell 406CS and Schweizer 330) or a five digit mumber (S-70/UH-60 and AH-64), e.g. 844 for Bell 406CS and 27181 for UH-60L.

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

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Airport Rd, Riyadh 11165.

Organisational Structure

The RSLFAC is organised into two Aviation Battalions and one Aviation Group.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

1st Aviation Battalion
2nd Aviation Battalion
3rd Aviation Group

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air base is Hafr Al Batin at King Khalid Military City.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

Saudi Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

Official RSLF website

wikipedia: Saudi Arabian Army

Scramble: Saudi Arabia

Danish Naval Aviation

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The orginal Danish Naval air arm was amalgamated with the Army air arm into the RDanAF in 1950. Naval aviation was resumed in 1962 when Alouette III helicopters were delivered for fishery protection and rescue duties. In 1971 the navy unit was named the Soevaernets Flyvetjaeneste (SVF, Danish Naval Air Service). Aircraft were maintained by 722 sqn of the Air Force, on behalf of the Navy.

The SVF was originally planned to be merged onto the RDanAF in 2003 as 728 Esk, along with the Army’s helicopters, but in recognition of its importance, was reorganised under its present title in January 2004 at a new air base. Danish naval helicopters were used primarily for Fishery Patrol, shipboard support and coastal Search & Rescue (SAR) missions. On 31 December 2010 the SHT was disbanded and transferred to the RDanAF as Eskadrille 723.

Key Dates

1962 Naval aviation resumed using Alouette III helicopters.
1971 Naval aviation unit named Soevaernets Flyvetjaeneste.
January 2004 Naval aviation unit renamed to present title.
31 December 2010 Naval aviation unit disbanded and transferred to thr RDanAF.

Current Status

The service has been transferred to Air Force control.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Danish navy helicopters used the same serialling system as the air force – a letter prefix and unique three figure number for each airframe.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Instructional Airframes

Retired aircraft used for technical training

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

PO Box 202, DK-2950 Vedbaek.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters are based at Karup and onboard five ships.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

The order of battle between 2004 and 2010 was as below:
Click on unit name for more details

Squadron Type Base
SHT Super Lynx Mk.90B Karup

All-Time Flying Units List

Soevaernets Helikopter Tjeneste

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Until 2003 the main naval helicopter base was at Vaerlose. Subsequently, all helicopters were operated from Karup – the military helicopter base for Denmark.
Military Air Bases List
Aircraft & helicopter carrying ships list

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.1 p.134
Air International Feb 1995

Websites

Official Danish Navy webpage
wikipedia: Royal Danish Navy
Naval Aviation Fleet List 1962-Present
airliners.net

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

Danish Army Aviation

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The RDanAF began flying Piper L-4 Cubs for artillery spotting on behalf of the Army in 1957. A dedicated Army aviation unit was established 1971 for observation and liaison duties, flying the Piper L-4 and Hughes 500. In 1980 an anti-tank capability was added with the arrival of the Fennec. Vandel AB closed in 2003 and both helicopter units moved to Karup, combining to become Esk 724 under RDanAF control.

Key Dates

1957 AOP unit established by the RDanAF.
1971 Separate Army aviation unit established.
2003 Army aviation unit moves to Karup to become part of the RDanAF.

Current Status

In 2003 Army aviation was amalgamated into the RDanAF, and became Esk 724 at Karup.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Danish army aircraft used the same serialling system as the air force – a letter prefix and unique three figure number for each airframe.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

Four Bell UH-1H helicopters were offered by the USA in March 1996, but finally rejected in September 1997.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

PO Box 202, DK-2950 Vedbaek.

Organisational Structure

Army Aviation comprises one Battalion with two Companies.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

(The order of battle did not change between 1980 and 2003.
Table of the Order of Battle for 1995

All-Time Flying Units List

Observations-Helikopter Kompagni
Panservaerns-Helikopter Kompagni

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Until 2003 the main army helicopter base was at Vandel.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.1 p.134
Air International Feb 1995

Websites

Official Danish Army webpage

wikipedia: Royal Danish Army

airliners.net

Danish Piper Cubs

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Danish Army Air Corps

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

An Army Flying School was first established in July 1912, its first equipment being a donated by a civil flying school. In 1913 the Army Air Forces established a permanent airfield at Kløvermarken. In February 1923 the Army Flying Corps was officially created, changing its name to Army Air Corps in 1932. It was considered as one of the regiments of the Army.

When Nazi Germany invaded in April 1940 one army air corps was shot down. The German occupiers prohibited all military flying and so the army aircraft were dismantled and stored in a hangar. In 1943 these aircraft were tkaen over by the Germans and pressed into service.

After the liberation of Denmark in 1945 the arm air corps was re-established, but did not have any aircraft until a number of aircraft from Britain were received late in the year. In 1950 the army air corps was merged with the naval air service to form the Royal Danish Air Force.

Key Dates

1 April 1912    First army officer completes pilot training
2 July 1912    Army Flying School established
1913    First army air station opened
1 February 1923    Army aviation branch officially created
1 November 1932    Army Air Corps formally established
9 April 1940    German invasion of Denmark
April 1940    Army air corps disbanded by German occupiers
late 1943    Stored army aircraft taken over by the Germans
December 1946    Army air corps re-established
1 November 1950    Army and Navy air arms merged to form the Royal Danish Air Force

Current Status

Not applicable.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

1912-1926:
HF aircraft were initially assigned serials comprising a two letters, usually an abbreviation of the manufacturers name, and a number, e.g. Nielson & Winther Aa with the serial N&W.2.

1926-1932:
In 1926 type letters were introduced, followed by a number, e.g. D.H.60 S-100.

R for Fokker C.V, with numbers in the range 1-50
O for Fokker C.I, with numbers in the range 51-99
S for D.H. Moths, with numbers in the range 100-150*
J for fighters, with numbers in the range 151-200*
* in 1932 these numbers were revised to start at 301 to avoid duplicating Navy serials.

1932-1950:
In 1932 the numerical serials were reset to start from 1 in each category, e.g. Bristol Bulldog J-1.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

Aircraft type codes were assigned from 1932 onwards. These consisted of a roman number follwed by a role letter, e.g. II J for the Gloster Gauntlet. The role letter indicated Fighter (J), Reconnaissance (R), School trainer (S), Operational trainer (o) or Molleplan/autogyro (M). The roman number indicated the chronological order in the class, so the Gauntlet was the second type of fighter acquired under this system.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

To be added.

Organisational Structure

By 1940 the HF was organised into two Flyveafdelinger (air wings), the Army Flying School and a Balloon Park.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Sjællandske Flyverafdeling
Jydske Flyverafdeling
Flyveskolen
Ballonparken
1. Eskadrille
2. Eskadrille
3. Eskadrille
5. Eskadrille

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The main air bases were Kastrup and Vaerlose. Other bases used included Klovermarken and Lundtofte.

More Information

Books

Danish Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

Danish Air Force, Danish Army Air Corps and Royal Danish Naval Aviation

wikipedia: Haerens Flyvertropper

The History of Danish Military Aircraft

Danish Naval Air Service

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Danish naval officers began training as pilots at private flying schools in late 1911. In 1912 an aircraft was donated to the Danish Navy, allowing the establishment of an aviation unit. Denmark was neutral in WW1 and so was unable to obtain aircraft from abroad. Instead, the Naval Shipyard was tasked with supplying the service with flying boats. After WW1 the aviation unit was able to expand and in 1923 became an independent branch of the navy.

With the growing risk of a European war, a re-equipment programme was belatedly launched in 1938, but came too late for any of the ordered aircraft to be delivered. When Nazi Germany invaded in April 1940 the naval air service did not resist. The German occupiers prohibited all military flying and so the naval aircraft were dismantled and stored in a hangar. In 1943 these aircraft were set on fire in an act of sabotage, to prevent the Germans from taking them into service.

After the liberation of Denmark in 1945 the naval air service was re-established, but did not have any aircraft until late 1946 when a number of aircraft from Britain were received. In 1950 the naval air service was merged with the army air arm to form the Royal Danish Air Force.

Key Dates

14 December 1911    First naval officers begin pilot training
25 March 1912    First aircraft received
20 April 1915    First purpose-built naval air station opened
15 September 1923    Independent naval air service created
9 April 1940    German invasion of Denmark
April 1940    Naval air service disbanded by German occupiers
22 November 1943    Stored naval aircraft destroyed by sabotage
December 1946    Naval air service re-established
1 November 1950    Army and Navy air arms merged to form the Royal Danish Air Force

Current Status

Not applicable.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

1912-1918:
MF aircraft were assigned individual names.

1918-1950:
MF aircraft Wwere given two or three-digit numerical serial numbers ranging between 1 and 242, e.g. Hawker Dantorp 202. These numbers were allocated in a sequence based on the aircrsaft’s main role:

1-99 for seaplane reconnaissance aircraft
101-149 for landplane trainers
151-200 for fighters
201+ for torpedo-bombers

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

Aircraft type codes were assigned from 1921 onwards. These consisted of two letters and a roman number, e.g. H.B.III for the Hawker Dantorp. The first letter indicated flying boat (F), floatplane (H) or landplane (L). The second letter indicated biplane (B) or monoplane (M). The roman number indicated the chronological order in the class, so the H.B.III was the third type of floatplane biplane acquired.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

12 Fairey P.4/34 light bombers were ordered for manufacture under licence by the Orlogsvaerftet, and 12 Macchi MC.200 fighters were ordered. None were completed by the time of the German invasion in 9 April 1940.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

NAS Copenhagen, Margretheholm.

Organisational Structure

By 1940 the MF was organised into two Air Flotilla (squadrons), and the Naval Flying School.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

1. Luftflotille
2. Luftflotille
Flyveskolen

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The main air bases were NAS Copenhagen, Margretheholm and NAS Avno, South Zealand. A further minor base was at NAS Slipshavn on Funen.

Aircraft-Carrying Ships

To be added.

More Information

Books

Danish Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

wikipedia: Royal Danish Navy

Naval Aviation

Danish Air Force, Danish Army Air Corps and Royal Danish Naval Aviation

Order of Battle – Royal Danish Navy 8 April 1940

wikipedia: Marinens Flyvevaesen

The History of Danish Military Aircraft