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|Date of Independence:|
|4 January 1948|
|Total Area Ranking:|
|40 of 236 in the World|
|Population Size Ranking:|
|26 of 242 in the World|
Myanmar (or Burma) forms the eastern shores of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea in southeast Asia. It’s neighbours are Bangladesh and India to the north west, China to the north east, Laos to the east and Thailand to the south east.
Tropical rain forest covers much of the country, while the central lowland includes the Irrawaddy delta, a major rice-growing area. Mountains form natural barriers to the east and west of the central lowlands – those to the east forming an extension of the eastern Himalayas, while to the west the Shan Plateau (in some places over 4000 m or 13,000 ft high) stretches into China.
Myanmar has a total land area of 676,552 sq km (261,218 sq miles). The population was 50.7 million in 2005, comprising 68% Burman, 9% Shan, 6% Karen, 4% Rakhine and 13% others. Some 300,000 Indians and Chinese were expelled in he 1980s. 87% of the population are Buddhist, 6% Christian a, 4% Muslim, 1% Hindu and 2% other. Until 2005 the capital city was Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), but on 6 November 2005 the capital was officially moved to a new purpose-built site at Naypyidaw, near Pyinmana, 320 km north of the traditional capital.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in Burma/Myanmar.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
In the British colonial era, from 1929 onwards, civil aircraft were registered in the Indian series VT-xxx. In 1940 the Burmese colonial government established a Burmese civil aircraft register, using the sequence XY-AAA onwards. The was retained after WW2 and continues in use, eg. Fokker F-27 XY-ADZ. The prefix XZ-xxx was also allocated, but has not been widely used.
All-time Myanmar Burma – civil aircraft register (XY-aaa XZ-aaa).
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Military Air Arms
Current military air arms-
Air Force (Myanmar Air Force) [1948-Present]
Historical military air arms-
Air Force (Burma Volunteer Air Force) [1940-1942]
Central Government Agencies
Government Aviation – VIP and liaison flights are flown by the Air Force.
Public Service Aviation
None. The People’s Police use Air Force aircraft when necessary.
Private, as opposed to commercial, aviation is extremely limited in Myanmar.
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Defense Services Museum
Myanmar Aviation Bibliography – to be added
Aviation Safety Network Myanmar
(Listing of aircraft crashes in Myanmar since 1944)