Country Profile

Republic of Cuba
(República de Cuba)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
20 May 1902
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
106 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
74 of 242 in the World

The Country


Cuba is the largest and most westerly of the Great Antilles. The island’s shape is long, but relatively narrow. It is located between 74° to 85° western geographic longitude and 20° to 23° northern geographic latitude and has an area of 110,860 square
kilometres (42,793 square miles). The latitude and longitude of the capital, Havana, are about 82°22′ W and 23°08′ N.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Cuba History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Cuba
World Travel Guide – Caribbean – Cuba
wikipedia: Cuba
wikipedia: History of Cuba
Cuban History, Architecture & Culture
Governments on the WWW: Cuba
HispanoLink: Cuba


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


Civil Aircraft Registrations

The registration prefix ‘C-C’ was used 1919 to 1929.
The registration prefix ‘NM-‘ was used 1939 to 1945.
The registration prefix ‘C-‘ was used from ???? to 1945; eg: C-CAAA to C-CZZZ.
The registration prefix ‘CU-‘ is used from 1945 to present; eg: CU-C/P/T001 to CU-C/P/T999. (C/P/T depicting usage)

All-time Cuba – civil aircraft register (C-Caa T4-aaa NM-nnn CL-nnn CM-nnn CU-nnn).
[Get involved with the Aeroflight Cloud.]

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Revolucionara)
Naval Aviation (Fuerza Aérea Naval) (1934 – 1955)
Rebel Aviation (Fuerza Aerea de Liberacion)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – VIP transport is provided by chartered commercial operators
Border Guard Aviation (Tropas Guardafronteras)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – no helicopter medical rescue service
Police Aviation (Policía Nacional Revolucionaria)

Commercial Aviation

Cubana de Aviación
Aero Caribbean

wikipedia: Airlines of Cuba
The World’s Airlines: Cuba

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Civil Airports and Airfields Listing
Airports in Cuba

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

Museo de la Revolucion, Havana
Museo de Playa Giron, Playa Giron
Museo del Aire, La Lisa
Museo del Ministerio del Interior, Havana
Museo Historico Municipal Trinidad, Trinidad
Museo Municipal ‘Frank Pais Garcia’, Mayari Ariba
Palacio de Pioneros, Santiago de Cuba
Parque Lenin, Havana

Airshow Dates:
Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None at present.

Aviation Bibliography

Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)

Texan and Harvards in Latin America (Dan Hagedorn)

Latin American Fighters (Iñigo Guevara y Moyano)

Armed Forces of Latin America (Adrian English)

Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)

World Air Forces Directory (Ian Carroll)

Military Balance (IISS)

World Air Power Journal 32, p.144-146

Web Links

Defensa Nacional

Aviación y Tanques de Cuba

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