Bahamas

Country Profile
 

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
(The Bahamas)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
10 July 1973
Capital City:
Nassau
Total Area Ranking:
160 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
177 of 242 in the World
Status:
current

The Country

Geography

The Bahamas is an archipelago of approximately 700 flat, lowlying islands in the western Atlantic Ocean. It is located between 72° to 79° western geographic longitude and 21° to 27° northern geographic latitude and extends from eighty kilometers east of Florida to eighty kilometers northeast of Cuba. In addition to the United States and Cuba, neighbors of the Bahamas include Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands; both are located to the southeast of the Bahamas.

The Tropic of Cancer runs through the middle of the archipelago, passing across the lower part of Great Exuma Island and the upper part of Long Island. Although the total area of the archipelago is 13,939 square kilometers (5380 square miles), the islands are sprawled over an area of approximately 259,000 square kilometers.

The islands are surface projections of two oceanic banks, the Little Bahama Bank and the Great Bahama Bank. The highest point is only sixty-three meters above sea level on Cat Island; the island of New Providence, where the capital city of Nassau (77°22′ W and 25°03′ N) is located, reaches a maximum elevation of only thirty-seven meters.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Bahamas History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Bahamas
World Travel Guide – Caribbean – The Bahamas
wikipedia: Bahamas
wikipedia: History of the Bahamas
Library of Congress / Area Handbook Series / The Bahamas
Bahamas Guide

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Bahamas.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

The registration prefix ‘VP-B’ was used from 1929 until 1973; eg: VP-BAA to BZZ.
The registration prefix ‘C6-‘ is used from 1973 to present;  eg: C6-??? to ???.

An all-time Civil Rotorcraft Register of Bahamas listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Defence Aviation (Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Air Wing)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – VIP transport is provided by commercial operators

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – Air Ambulance Services Ltd
Police Aviation (Royal Bahamas Police Force Air Support Services)

Commercial Aviation

Bahamasair

wikipedia: Airlines of the Bahamas
The World’s Airlines: Bahamas

Private Aviation

To be added.

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Civil Airports and Airfields Listing
Airports in Bahamas

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

None at present

Airshow Dates:
Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None at present

Aviation Bibliography

Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)

Military Balance (IISS)

World Air Forces Directory (Ian Carroll)

Web Links

To be added

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