Mira Elikopteron-Aeroskafon
Cyprus Air Command

History

The Mira Elikopteron-Aeroskafon (Helicopter and Aircraft Squadron) was the operational unit of the CNGAW between 1982 and 2002. It operated all the aircraft and helicopters in the inventory. In May 2002 it was split into two separate units: 449 Mira Antiarmatikon Elikopteron and 450 Mira Elikopteron.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
BN-2 Islander 1 1982 – May 2002 5B-ICV
Piper PA-22 Colt 1 1982 – 198?
Pilatus PC-9 2 1989 – May 2002 901, 902
Mi-26 Halo 1 Nov 2001 – May 2002 RF-02675


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Larnaca & Limassol 1982 – 1996
Lakatamia 1996 – May 2002


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • Air Forces Monthly October 2003 p.56-57

Other Sources

To be added.

Mira Aeroskafon
Cyprus Air Command

History

The first flying unit of the CNGAW was established in June 1964. It is not clear what aircraft type the unit operated upon its creation. The Mira Aeroskafon (Aircraft Squadron) operated all the aircraft in the inventory. After the Turkish invasion in 1974 it was disbanded.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Dornier Do 27Q 1 1971 – 1974 CR3
Piper PA-22 Colt 2 1973 – 1974 CR8
Beech C-45 1 1968? – 1974 CR2
IAI Arava 201 3 1985 – 2008 P2-021, P2-023
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 5 1989 – 1998 P2-0401, P2-0405
CASA CN235M 2 1991 – 1998 P2-0501, P2-0502


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Nicosia IAP? June 1964 – 1974


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • Air Forces Monthly October 2003 p.57

Other Sources

To be added.

449 Squadron
Cyprus Air Command

History

449 Mira Antiarmatikon Elikopteron (Anti-Tank Helicopter Squadron) was formerly part of Mira Elikopteron-Aeroskafon, before it was split into two in May 2002. The unit comprises two platoons, operating the Gazelle and Bell 206L respectively.

Subordinate Units

1st Platoon
2nd Platoon

1st Platoon
Anti-tank unit.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
SA 342L Gazelle 6 May 2002 – Present 351, 354


2nd Platoon
Transport unit.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Bell 206L 2 May 2002 – Present 111, 112
Bell UH-1H 4 May 2002 – 2005 EΣ-623


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Lakatamia Air Base May 2002 – Present


Photographs

SA.342L Gazelle.
(photo: Cyprus Air Force)


More Information

References

  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III Publishing)
  • Air Forces Monthly October 2003 p.56-57

Other Sources

To be added.

450 Squadron
Cyprus Air Command

History

450 Mira Elikopteron (Helicopter Squadron) was formerly part of Mira Elikopteron-Aeroskafon, before it was split into two in May 2002. The unit comprises two platoons, operating the fixed-wing aircraft and Mi-35 Hind respectively.

Subordinate Units

1st Platoon
2nd Platoon

1st Platoon
Patrol & target-tug unit.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
BN-2 Islander 1 May 2002 – 2012 5B-ICV
Pilatus PC-9 2 May 2002 – Present 901, 902


2nd Platoon
Assault transport unit.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Mil Mi-35P Hind 12 May 2002 – Present 812, 813
Mi-26 Halo 1 May 2002 – Nov 2002 RA-02675


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Paphos May 2002 – Present


Photographs

Mil Mi-35P Hind.
(photo: Cyprus Air Force)


More Information

References

  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III Publishing)
  • Air Forces Monthly October 2003 p.56-57

Other Sources

To be added.

460 Squadron
Cyprus Air Command

History

460 Mira Elikopteran was formed in 2011 to operate the AW139 in the search and Rescue role.

Subordinate Units

None

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
AW139 2 2011 – Present 701, 702


Unit Markings

 

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Lakatamia Air Base 2011 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III Publishing)

Other Sources

To be added.

Papua New Guinea Defence Force |Air Transport Squadron

of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force

History

The Air Transport Squadron of the PNG Defence Force was formed circa 1985, when sufficent aircraft had been obtained to establish a dedicated unit. In 1988 the arrival of the IAI Arava allowed the squadron to be sub-divided into two flights – ‘A’ Flight operating the Arava and ‘B’ Flight operating the N.22 Nomad.

A serious decline in aircraft serviceability during the 1990s led to the two flights being merged back into the squadron command structure and eventually the squadron itself being merged back into Air Operations Element.

Subordinate Units

‘A’ Flight [1988-1995]
‘B’ Flight [1988-1995]

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Douglas C-47B 6 1975 – 1988 P2-001, P2-005
Piper PA-23 Aztec 1 197? – 198? P2-010
GAF N22B Nomad 6 1977 – 1998 P2-011, P2-015
IAI Arava 201 3 1985 – 2008 P2-021, P2-023
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 5 1989 – 1998 P2-0401, P2-0405
CASA CN235M 2 1991 – 1998 P2-0501, P2-0502


Unit Markings

Air Transport Squadron

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Jacksons International Airport 1985 – 1998


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Guardia Nacional del Aire

of the Panama Air Force

History

The unit was formed in 1931, when the decision was made to replace the Panama navy with an air force under the control of the Guardia Nacional. Very little military flying took place until Pearl Harbor 1941, because the United States operated some Naval and Army Air Force units based in the Canal Zone. Some reorganisation took place in the 1940s and the Air Force was renamed Fuerza Aérea de la Guardia Nacional and was disbanded in 1945.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Travel Air Speedwing 2 1931 – 1932 1,2
Keystone K-84 Commuter 2 1931 – 1934 3,4
Travel Air 6000B 1 1933 – n/a 5
Sikorsky S-38B 1 1936 – 1937 n/a
Piper J-3F Cub 1 1940 – 1941 R-6E
Luscombe 8A Silvaire Master 1 1941 – 1942 n/a


Unit Markings

Guardia Nacional del Aire

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Base Aérea de Paitilla/Ciudad de Panamá 1931 – 1945


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)
  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)

Other Sources

To be added.

Escuadrón de Patrulla Maritima

of the Panama Air Force

History

No unit history available.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
CASA CN-235M 1 1988 – 1995 265


Unit Markings

Escuadrón de Patrulla Maritima

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Tucumen IAP/Ciudad de Panamá n/a – 1995


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/05 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

3er Escuadrón Aéreo

of the Panama Air Force

History

The 3er Escuadrón Aéreo was formed 1988 as 3er Escuadrón de Entrenamiento y Reconocimiento Aéreo with four T-35D. In 1989 the unit received six T-35B and was renamed 3er Escuadrón de Entrenamiento, Reconocimiento y Ataque. The squadron was renamed another time at an unknown date as 3er Escuadrón Aéreo. The T-35s Pillan were refurbished with assistance of the Chilean manufacturer during 2002 and 2003.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Enaer T-35B/D Pillán 6/5 1988 – Present 020-029


Unit Markings

3er Escuadrón Aéreo

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Base Aérea Teniente Coronel Jorge Jurado/Ciudad de Panamá 1988 – 1999
Tucumen IAP/Ciudad de Panamá 1999 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

2do Escuadrón Aéreo

of the Panama Air Force

History

The 2do Escuadrón Aéreo was formed as 2do Escuadrón de Helicópteros on 17.5.1969 with 3 Hiller FH.1100. The unit received some UH-1 Iroquois during the following years and moved to Base Aérea Teniente Coronel Jorge Jurado (the former USAF base Albrook AFS) on 7.5.1986.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Fairchild Hiller FH.1100 3 1969 – 1976 101-103
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 15 1970 – Present 101,104,105,110,123-134
Bell UH-1B Iroquois 10 1970 – 1997 102,103,111-117
Bell 212 9 1975 – Present 100,101,120-125
Bell 205A Iroquois 6 1976 – Present 102,103,106-109
Bell 412 1 1984 – Present 1011,135
Aérospatiale AS-332L Super Puma 1 1985 – 1991 1012
Bell 407 2 2002 – Present 110,112
McDonnell Douglas 500E Defender 1 2008 – Present 111
Eurocopter EC145 1 2009 – Present 136


Unit Markings

2do Escuadrón Aéreo

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Tucumen IAP/Ciudad de Panamá 1969 – 1986
Base Aérea Teniente Coronel Jorge Jurad/Ciudad de Panamá 1986 – 1999
Tucumen IAP/Ciudad de Panamá 1999 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)
  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.