9 Squadron

of the Lebanese Air Force

History

9 Squadron was formed in 1980 to operate the SA330L Puma. The unit was disbanded in 1998 with the retirement of the Puma.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
SA330L Puma 10 1980 – 1998  

Unit Markings

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Beirut IAP 1980 – 1998

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8 Squadron

of the Lebanese Air Force

History

8 Squadron was formed in 1981 to operate the SA342L Gazelle.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
SA342L Gazelle 4 1981 – Present  

Unit Markings

Figure 1
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Main Bases

Base Duration
Beirut IAP 1981 – Present

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6 Squadron

of the Lebanese Air Force

History

6 Squadron was formed in 1966 to operate the Fouga Magister. The unit formed part of the Ecole de l’Air (Flying School). The Magisters were retired in 1998.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Fouga Magister 20 1966 – 1998  

Unit Markings

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Rayak 1966 – 1983
Beirut IAP (Kaldeh) 1983 – 1983
Halate 1983 – 1990
Rayak 1990 – 1998

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5 Squadron

of the Lebanese Air Force

History

5 Squadron was formed in 1968 to operate the Mirage III. In 1973 the unit was redesignated 4 Squadron, and a new 5 Squadron was established to operate the AB.212. The AB.212 was withdrawn in 2000.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Mirage IIIBL 2 1968 – 1973  
Mirage IIIEL 10 1968 – 1973  
AB.212 12 1973 – 2000  

Unit Markings

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Klayate 1968 – 1973
Beirut IAP (Kaldeh) 1973 – 2000

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4 Squadron

of the Lebanese Air Force

History

4 Squadron was formed in 1973 from the renumbering of 5 Squadron. It operated the Mirage III, although for most of it’s service several examples were held in store. The type was withdrawn in 1988.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Mirage IIIBL 2 1973 – 1988  
Mirage IIIEL 9 1973 – 1988  

Unit Markings

Figure 1
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Main Bases

Base Duration
Beirut IAP 1973 – 19??
Kleyate/Qulaiaat 19?? – 1988

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3 Squadron

of the Lebanese Air Force

History

3 Squadron was formed in 1959 to operate the Alouette II in the liaison/light transport role. In 1960 the Alouette III was introduced to supplement the existing helicopters. The unit was disbanded in the late 1980s with the retirement of the last Alouette III.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Alouette II 4 1959 – 198?  
Alouette III 13 1960 – 198?  

Unit Markings

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Beirut IAP (Kaldeh) 1959 – 198?

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2 Squadron

of the Lebanese Air Force

History

2 Squadron was formed in 1958 to operate the Hunter FGA.70. Three 2-seat trainers were obtained in the mid-1960s and additional single-seat Hunters were received in 1975. Several aircraft were put into store in the 1980s, but by 2007 they were fully active again.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Hunter FGA.70 6 1958 – Present  
Hunter FGA.70A 6 1975 – Present  
Hunter T.66C 3 1965 – Present  

Unit Markings

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Beirut IAP 1958 – 1999
Halate 1983 – 1990
Kleyate 1990 – 1999
Rayak 1999 – Present

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1 Squadron

of the Lebanese Air Force

History

Originally called the ‘Pursuit Bomber Squadron’, the unit was established in 1953 to fly Vampires and was renamed 1 Squadron in 1956. In 1963 the unit was re-equipped with Hunters, but the squadron disbanded a few years later.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Vampire FB.52 6 1953 – 1963  
Vampire T.55 4 1953 – 1963  
Hunter FGA.70 6 1963 – 1965  

Unit Markings

Figure 1
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Main Bases

Base Duration
Beirut IAP (Kaldeh) 1953 – 1965

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Bomber Squadron

of the Lebanese Air Force

History

The Bomber Squadron was formed in 1949 to operate the SM.79. Although designated a ‘Bomber’ unit, the aircraft were actually used for general transport duties. Accordingly, the SM.79s were transferred to the Transport Flight in 1953.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
SM.79 4 1949 – 1953  

Unit Markings

Figure 1
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Main Bases

Base Duration
Rayak 1949 – 1953

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