South Yemen

Country Profile

People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
(Jumhūrīyat Al-Yaman Al-Dīmuqrāṭīyah Al-Sha'bīyah)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
30 November 1967
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
n/a of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
n/a of 242 in the World

The Country


South Yemen was a country in Western Asia, on the Arabian Peninsula. It was bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, Oman to the east, the Gulf of Aden to the south and North Yemen to the west.

The country comprised the eastern portion of present-day Yemen. The main geographical feature of the country was the Rub al Khali desert, which covered the northern half of the country and was almost uninhabited. The total land area was 360,133 sq km (139,048 sq miles).

The Population of 2.56 million (1990 figure) comprised 93% Arab, with 7% other ethnic groups (mainly Somali and black). In terms of religion, 54% were Sunni Moslem, 45% Shia Moslem and 1% other. The capital city was Aden.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in South Yemen History

Further National Information

wikipedia: South Yemen
wikipedia: History of South Yemen


Text to be added on the development of aviation in South Yemen.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

South Yemen (Aden) civil aircraft initially used the registration sequence VR-Axx 1939-1969. In 1969 the registration sequence 7O-AAA to 7O-ZZZ was adopted.

All-time South Yemen – civil aircraft register (VR-Aaa).
[Get involved with the Aeroflight Cloud.]

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (South Yemen Air Force) [1963-1990]

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation (South Yemen Government)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – no helicopter EMS/Rescue service available
Police (South Yemen Police) – no aviation unit

Commercial Aviation

Aden Airways
Alyemda/Yemen Airlines

wikipedia: Airlines of South Yemen
The World’s Airlines: South Yemen

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in South Yemen

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

None at present

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

To be added

Web Links

To be added.

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