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

Royal Danish Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Air Force History

Key Dates

Air Force Timeline

Current Status

To be added. Note: The name of the Danish Airforce is “FLYVEVÅBNET” or in English “Royal Danish Air Force”. There is no such thing as “Kongelige Danske Flyvevaaben”.

Future Plans

None known.


Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Danish military serial numbering system consists of a letter prefix and a three digit mumber. The letter identifies the aircraft type and the number is usually derived from the airframe’s construction number or previous identity. The letters are reused once a type has been retired. Where there are significantly different variants of a type in service, an additional letter is added as a suffix to the type designation letter, e.g. E-181 for F-16A and ET-207 for F-16B.

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

Air Staff, PO Box 202, DK-2950 Vedbaek.

Organisational Structure

The RDanAF is organised into two commands, Tactical Air Command (TACDEN) and Air Materiel Command (AMC). The operational squadrons are controlled by TACDEN (Flyvertaktisk Kommando or FTK), while the Flying School (Flyveskolen) is controlled by AMC.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Units List

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Aalborg, Karup and Skrydstrup.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information

Books

Danish Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.1 p.134

Websites

Official Royal Danish Air Force webpage

wikipedia: Royal Danish Air Force

Scramble: Royal Danish Air Force

PlanePictures.net

Airliners.net

www.jets.dk

Air-Britain Photos: Royal Danish Air Force

amarc.dk

Finnish Army Aviation

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

An Army helicopter flight was formed on 1 January 1997, with equipment transferred from the Finnish Air Force. In 2008 the transport fleet began to be modernised with the introduction of the NHI NH90 helicopter.

Key Dates

1 January 1997 Army aviation unit first established.
March 2008 NHI NH90 enters service.

Current Status

All SM helicopters currently are currently active.

Future Plans

Procurement of up to 20 dedicated attack helicopters – such as the AH-64 or Tiger.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Finnish army helicopters used the same serialling system as the air force – a two-letter prefix designating the aircraft type and a two or three figure number for each airframe.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
MD Helicopters MD500 3 2 0 AOP/Liaison
MD Helicopters MD500E 6 4 0 AOP/Liaison
NHI NH90TTH 20 20 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
MDD MD 500D 3 1997 current Finnish AF
MDD MD 500E 6 1997 current Finnish AF/USA
Mil Mi-8P/8T 14 1997 2011 Finnish AF
NHI NH90TTH 20 2008 current Finland

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

PL3041161, Tikkakoski, Jyväskylä.

Organisational Structure

Army Aviation comprises one Battalion with two Companies.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Helikopteri Pataljoona
1 Helikopteri Komppania
2 Helikopteri Komppania
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Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main Army Aviation base is Rovaniemi.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

Combat Aircraft Aug-Sept 1997

Websites

Finnish Defence Forces Official Website
wikipedia: Equipment of the Finnish Army
airliners.net

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Finnish Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Air Force History

Key Dates

Air Force Timeline

Current Status

To be added

Future Plans

None known.


Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Finnish military serial numbering system consists of a two-letter prefix designating the basic aircraft type and a two or three figure number for each airframe, e.g. Magister FM-26.

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

PL3041161, Tikkakoski, Jyväskylä.

Organisational Structure

The air force is organised into three air-defence wings, each with a fighter squadron assigned to one of three air defence areas. A small number of centrally controlled squadrons provide general support facilities.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Units List

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Halli, Jyväskylä-Luonetjarvi, Kauhava, Kuopio-Rissala, Rovaniemi and Tampere-Pirkkala.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information

Books

Finnish Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.5 p.144-146
Air International February 1997
Air Forces Research No.1
Combat Aircraft June-July 1997

Combat Aircraft Aug-Sept 1997
Air Forces Monthly April 1998
Scramble March 1997

Websites

Finnish Defence Forces Official Website

wikipedia: Finnish Air Force
wikipedia: Aircraft of the Finnish Air Force

Scramble: Finnish Air Force

PlanePictures.net

Airliners.net

Air-Britain Photos: Finnish Air Force

Armed Forces of Malta

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Air Wing History

Key Dates

Air Wing Timeline

Current Status

Malta does not have conscription, and consequently, the Air Wing is manned by professionals. The main tasks are coastal patrol, communications, search and rescue and medical evacuation flights.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

1972-2000
All Maltese military aircraft were initially allocated civilian registrations on the Maltese civil aircraft register. For example, the single Agusta-Bell AB.206A was registered 9H-AAJ.

2000-Present
In May 2000, a new military serialling system was introduced. This comprised a four-digit serial number prefixed by the letters ‘AS’ for Air Squadron. The first two digits indicate the year of introduction into service and the second two being the overall sequence number. Thus Bulldog AS0020 was acquired in the year 2000 and was the 20th aircraft to be operated by Malta.

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

One Eurocopter UH-72A Lakota was ordered from the US production line in 2008, but this order was deferred in April 2009 and eventually cancelled.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

St Patrick’s Barracks, Luqa.

Organisational Structure

Malta has no defence ministry so the AFM reports directly to the Prime Minister. The AFM originally comprised 3 numbered Regiments, of which the second had the Air Squadron attached to it. The 2nd Regiment comprised Air Defence Artillery, Aviation and Maritime units. In October 2006 the 2nd Regiment was disbanded and its subordinate units given greater autonomy. The Air Squadron was enlarged into an Air Wing to take on more maritime security duties. It currently comprises a helicopter flight and a fixed-wing flight.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle for 2002

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft and helicopters are currently based at Luqa International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The Helicopter Flight was initially based at St Patrick’s Barracks but later moved to Luqa. The British established a number of airfields around the country, and some may still be in civilian use.

Malta Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information

Books

Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999)

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.5 p.146
World Air Power Journal No.9 p.22-23
World Air Power Journal No.10 p.18
Air Action No.37 p.30-31
Air Forces Monthly January 1997 p.23-25
Air International July 1996
Air Pictorial April 2002

Websites

wikipedia: Air Wing of the Armed Forces of Malta

Official Armed Forces of Malta Website

2nd Regiment Armed Forces of Malta Unofficial Website (Password: St. Barbara)

Aviation in Malta AFM Page

Bangladesh Naval Aviation

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Bangladesh Navy first came into being during the Bangladesh liberation war, when East Pakistan broke away from West Pakistan control. Two former Pakistan Navy ships and many personnel from Bengal defected to the Bangladesh side. Several combat operations were carried out before the end of the war.

After independence the Navy was expanded with a number of former Royal Navy Frigates and became a blue water navy. An aviation wing was not formally established until 2011, when two AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters were accepted into service. Two Dornier Do 228NG maritime patrol aircraft joined the service in 2013

In 2012 an ambitious military modernisation plan was approved called Forces Goal 2030. This called for a significant expansion of the surface fleet and of the aviation wing. In 2014 three Harbin Z-9C helicopters were ordered from China for delivery 2015-2016.

Key Dates

July 1971 Bangladesh Navy first established.
14 July 2011 Aviation Wing first established.
2013 First fixed-wing type obtained – Do 228.

Current Status

All BN aircraft and helicopters currently are currently active.

Future Plans

Up to 20 Maritime Patrol aircraft are required, a combination of additional Do 228 aircraft and a longer range type is likely.
Up to 50 UAVs are required for surveillance of the Bay of Bengal. The indigenous BAC Baaz has been selected.
A squadron of jet combat aircraft is planned to be acquired.
Additional helicopters will be required to operate from the helicopter decks of the expanded surface fleet.


Markings

National Insignia

Bangladesh Navy fixed-wing aircraft operate in an overall white and blue colour scheme with green and red roundels, outlined in white on the blue areas, located in the normal six positions – above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides. A naval ensign, in the form of the Bangladesh flag in the corner of a white rectangle, appears on the fin. The service titles BANGLADESH NAVY appear on the port side in English and starboard side in Bengali script.

The helicopters operate in an overall light grey colour scheme, with the Bangladesh roundel (with no outline) located on the front face of the main rotor fairing and the naval ensign on the tail rotor pylon. The service titles BANGLADESH NAVY appear on the port side in English and starboard side in Bengali script.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Dornier Do 228NG 2 2 0 Maritime Patrol
AgustaWestland AW109 2 2 0 Search and Rescue
Harbin Z-9 0 0 2 Search and Rescue

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
AgustaWestland AW109 2 2011 current Italy
Dornier Do 228NG 2 2012 current Germany
Harbin Z-9 2 2016 n/a China

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Naval Headquarters, Banani, Dhaka.

Organisational Structure

The Air Wing is the only current flying unit.

Current Order of Battle

As above.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Air Wing.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

BN fixed-wing patrol aircraft are based at Dhaka International Airport. The helicopters are based at Chittagong Air Station within the Chittagong naval base.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.
A list of Aircraft-Carrying Ships is to be added.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Bangladesh Navy
wikipedia: Future of the Bangladesh Navy
Official website
Facebook: Bangladesh Navy
Growing Bangladesh Navy

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Irish Air Corps

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

At independence in December 1921, the Irish government took over the existing facilities and aerodromes used by the RFC, RNAS and RAF in the First World War. The Irish Air Corps was formed the following year, as part of the Army. During World War Two, coastal and neutrality patrols were maintained. Following the end of the war, overall strength was reduced. Its main duties are border security, communications, training and fishery protection.

Key Dates

1922    Air Corps formed
1956    First jet aircraft delivered – Vampire T.55
1963    First helicopters received – Alouette III

Current Status

The aircraft and helicopters of the Irish Air Corps are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

National Markings

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Irish military serial numbering system consists of a three digit mumber. The numbers are issued in a continuous sequence and not in blocks, e.g. PC-9M 264.

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

Headquarters, Air Corps Group, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Dublin 22.

Organisational Structure

The IAC revised its order of battle in early 2002. It now comprises 2 Operational Wings, each with between 2 and 4 squadrons, plus the Air Corps College and its Flying Training School.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle for 2008

All-Time Flying Units List

List of Flying Units

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air base is Baldonnel.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, here are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information

Books

European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.5 p.143
Scale Aircraft Modelling Dec 1996
Scramble 203 (April 1996)

Websites

Official Irish Air Corps webpage

wikipedia: Irish Air Corps

Scramble: Irish Air Corps

PlanePictures.net

Airliners.net

Air-Britain Photos: Irish Air Force

Irish Air Corps Aircraft 1922-1997

New Wings for the Irish Air Corps

Irish Air Pics

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Troupes Coloniales

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Troupes Coloniales were army units formed to primarily serve in French overseas territories. They were initially formed under Navy control but in 1900 were transferred to Army control. They often consisted of French regular officers with native enlisted men. Between 1947 and 1952 the Troupes Coloniales operated six Supermarine Sea Otters from BAN Cat-Lai in French Indochina, (now Vietnam). It is not clear what, (if any), other aircraft the TC operated or what the unit designation was. These aircraft were active at the time when French forces were combating escalating guerrilla operations by the Viet Minh. The term ‘Aviation Coloniale’ was a generic term for French overseas military aviation and not specific to the TC.

Key Dates

1816    L’infanterie de marine first established.
?    Renamed Troupes de Marine.
7 July 1900    Renamed Troupes Coloniales.
1947    First Sea Otter obtained.
1 December 1958    Renamed Troupes d’ Outre-Mer.
4 May 1961    Renamed Troupes de marine.

Current Status

The Troupes Coloniales/Troupes de Marine no longer operates aircraft.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

The Sea Otters appear to have operated in standard Aeronavale colours, even though the Troupes Coloniales was a part of the Army.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

To be confirmed.

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 Out of Service Origin
Supermarine Sea Otter II 6 1947 1952 RAF

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Troupes Coloniales, BAN Cat-Lai, French Indochina.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft are operated by a single unit of unknown designation.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Unknown.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The Sea otters were based at BAN Cat-Lai in French Indochina – which was near Saigon.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

wikipedia: Troupes Coloniales
Supermarine Sea Otter
The “Sea Otter” photos are actually SCAN 30 amphibians
BAN Cat-Lai

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

French Air Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The French military air arm was first established as the Service Aéronautique in 1909. It was renamed the Aeronautique Militaire in 1910, and in August 1933 it was renamed to its present title of Armee de l’Air. In 1942 the air force was disbanded under the German occupation, but reformed in May 1945 from the units of the Free French Air Force.

Air Force History

Key Dates

Air Force Timeline

Current Status

The French Air Force is fully operational.

Future Plans

Procurement of 228 Rafale to replace the Jaguar and then the Mirage F.1.
Procurement of 50 A400M transports to replace Transall C-160 from 2013.
Obtain a new air tanker aircraft, possibly the A330.

Markings

National Markings

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

French Air Force aircraft carry French military serial numbers which are usually based on the manufacturers construction number for the airframe concerned. There is thus no overall numbering sequence, but a numbering sequence from 01 or 1 for each individual type. For example, MS.760 Paris 92 shares the same number as N.2501 Noratlas 92.

Unit/Base Codes

Most AdlA aircraft used to carry tactical code numbers of the form xx-AA, eg: Mirage 2000D 3-XE, where the first number denoted the Escadre (Wing), the first letter indicated the Escadron (Squadron) and the second letter denoted the individual aircraft.
In 2009 a new system was introduced, whereby the first number is now the Base Aerienne number, followed by a two letter code, e.g. Mirage 2000N 125-AR of EC 02.004.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

Explanation of role designation suffixes to be added

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

Etat-Major De l’Armee de l’Air, 26 Boulevard Victor, F-75996, Paris.

Organisational Structure

Under the Air 2010 reorganisation plan the Air Force command structure was reorganised into five major commands:
CFAS – Commandement des Forces Aeriennes Strategique (Strategic Air Forces Command)
CFA – Commandement des Forces Aerienne (Air Command)
CDAOA – Commandement de la Defence Aerienne et des Operations Aeriennes (Air Defence & Air Operations Command)
CSFA – Commandement du Soutien des Forces Aériennes (Air Force Support command)
DRHAA – Direction des Resources Humaines de l’Armee de l’Air (Human Resources Directorate)
Basic operational units are the Escadre (Wing), Escadron (Squadron) and Escadrille (Flight).

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle for 2008

All-Time Flying Units List

List of Flying Units

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See organisation table above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information

Books

French Military Aviation by Paul A. Jackson (Midland Counties, 1979)
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)
Les avions allemands aux couleurs françaises vols 1/2 (Airdoc/Lela Presse)

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.10 p.136
Air Forces Monthly January 1998

Websites

Official French Air Force website

wikipedia: French Air Force
wikipedia: Free French Air Force
wikipedia: Vichy French Air Force

Scramble: French Air Arms

PlanePictures.net

Airliners.net

Air-Britain Photos: French Air Force

The French Air Force in 1940

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.