Aeroflight The Website for Aviation Enthusiasts Sat, 10 Mar 2018 20:47:46 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Vuelo – Revista De Aviación Y Astronáutica Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:19:29 +0000


‘Vuelo’ was a short-lived magazine based in Argentina. It carried the subtitle Revista De Aviación Y Astronáutica. Very little is known about this title.

Publishing History

First issue on sale December 1972. Publishing frequency unknown. Ceased publication after only a few issues.
The editor is unknown.

Contents/Issues Produced

To be added.

Digital Access

No digital versions of back issues appear to be available.

Special Issues

No special issues were produced.

Further information

[No WorldCat entry]

Cover Gallery

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No.1 ? 2005
Not a magazine – but HUGE A1 foldout page of SAAF fighters & SA Armour.
No.2 ? 2005
Meko200 Corvettes; Centurion Mk III; SAAB JAS 39 Gripen in SAAF Service; Airbus A300B in South African Service; History of South African Aviation: Balloons
No.3 ? 2005
South Africa in the Second World War; Weaponry of the Air Force in 1939; Centurion Mk 5; History of South African Aviation: From Glider to Voisin; Mirage IIIEZ; Boeing 727 in South African Service
No.4 ? 2005
Armament of the Meko 200; SA Vehicles in Iraq; SA Armour in 1939; Mirage F1CZ; 1 Time Airline History; Boeing 737 in South Africa; History of Aviation in South Africa: Boxkite.
No.5 ? 2006
The tale of the AK-47; President Class Frigates; Elephant MK 1; Battle of Blaauwberg; Natal Railways; AT6 Harvard in SAAF Service; De Haviland Canada Dash 8-300 in South Africa; Armament of SA Ground Forces in 1939; Foster-Daimler; Anglo-Boer War the Jameson Raid; History of Aviation in South Africa: Paterson Biplane.
No.6 ? 2006
State Artillery during 1899 Anglo-Boer war; Bossieman hunter; Boeing 747SP; Legendary horses of the Birkenhead; Oliphant Mk I; Ton Class Coastal Minesweepers; SAAF’s new Agusta A109 LUH; Natal Railways; South African Infantry training 1939-1940; Battle of Blaauwberg; Russian front; MiG & the Mirage A.
No.7 ? 2006
Type 15 anti-submarine frigate; History of aviation in South Africa; Oliphant Mk I & MkI ARV; Policing duties from the SWAP in South West Africa; Anglo-Boer War ZAR artillery; Lockheed C-130 Hercules; Ramjet engine; Traction engines during the Anglo-Boer War; SA Navy in 1939; Natal Railways; Gecko 8×8.
No.8 ? 2006
Interlink Airlines; Daphne Class Submarines; Oliphant Mk IB & MkII; Cheetah C; project “Hooefyster” (Afrikaans)

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Polish Border Guard Sun, 04 Feb 2018 13:26:31 +0000 Read more]]>

Key Facts


Narrative Summary

The Straz Graniczna was first established in 1928, but no aircraft were operated until after World War Two. Between 1945 and 1989 the task was performed by a military force called Wojska Ochrony Pogranicza (Border Defence Army or Frontier Protection Forces), which was a part of the Army. This included one Independent Recce. Aviation Squadron based at Wicko on the Baltic Coast. In 1972 there was a big re-organisation of Police and interior forces. The 103. Air Regiment of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MI) was established. The WOP Aviation Squadron was disbanded and replaced by aircraft borrowed from 103. Air Regiment. In 1990 a parliamentary act was passed which authorised the transformation of the WOP into a civilian agency under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. On 16 May 1991 the frontier force became the Border Guard, with the main roles of border policing and coastal patrol. The first dedicated helicopters (three PZL Kania) were delivered in October 1996 to 103. Regt. The Border Guard Aviation Unit was established in 2000 after the disbanding of 103 Air Regiment. It started with four Mi-2, one W-3 and one PZL M-20. Six PZL-104M were delivered later.

Key Dates

1950s    Frontier Protection Forces aviation unit established.
1972    103 Air Regt. established for Ministry of Internal Affairs use.
12 October 1990    Parliamentary act establishing civil Border Guard approved.
16 May 1991    Frontier Protection Force becomes civil Border Guard.
2000    103 Air Regt. disbanded, Border Guard Aviation Unit formed.

Current Status

The SG operates aviation units under the control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Ministerstwo Spraw Wewietrnych). It’s main task is to monitor the movements of people in border areas.

Future Plans

The purchase of two more twin-turbine coastal patrol aircraft is planned – probably more PZL M28s.


National Insignia

National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Police and Border Guard aircraft initially carried semi-civilian registrations with the prefix ‘PL’, e.g. PL-43YG. From December 2002 the prefix was changed to ‘SN’. All Border Guard aircraft then carried registrations in the SN-xxXG (helicopters) or SN-xxYG (fixed-wing) series, e.g. SN-50YG. In 2011 the aircraft were re-registered with fully civilian registrations in the series SP-VSA to SP-VSM. In 2014 the SN-xxxG sequence was reinstated, with aircraft reverting to their previous serials. This history explains why SG aircraft have multiple previous identities.

Unit/Base Codes

None used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters

HQ Aviation Branch, Border Guard Aviation:
Lotnictwo Strazy Granicznej, Gdansk-Rebiechowo International Airport.

Organisational Structure

The SG is organised into a number of Border Guard Departments and Units: oddzialy-sg. Some of these have fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters attached.

Current Unit Assignments

To be added.

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Main and central base is at Gdansk Rebiechowo, with other bases at Bialystok Krywlany, Ketrzyn Wilamowo, Lublin Radawiec, Nowy Sacz, Rzeszów Jasionka and Zielona Góra Przylep.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

See above.

More Information


None known.


Air Forces Monthly December 1996
Fojtik, J., ‘Lotnictwo Policji a Straz Graniczna’, Letectvi and kosmonautika 10/2006


Straz Graniczna

Wikipedia: Border Guard (Poland)

new aircraft and a new vessel for the polish border guard

Thanks to Jakub Fojtik for providing this information.
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Current Aircraft Inventory Polish Border Guard Sun, 04 Feb 2018 13:05:50 +0000 Read more]]> Click on aircraft type for more details

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
PZL-104M Wilga 2000 6 5 0 Patrol
PZL Kania 7 5 0 Patrol
PZL M20 Mewa (PA-34 Seneca) 1 1 0 Patrol
PZL M28 Skytruck 1 1 0 Patrol
PZL W-3 Sokol 2 2 0 Patrol
Stemme ASP S15 2 2 0 Patrol

]]> 0 National Markings Polish Border Guard Sun, 04 Feb 2018 12:41:21 +0000 Read more]]> This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Polish Border Guard since its formation:

Main MarkingFin Flash
Main MarkingFin Flash

The main marking is a red and white quartered disc on a green square. This is displayed above and below each wingtip and on the fin of fixed-wing aircraft and on the fuselage sides of helicopters. The M28 Skytruck appears to use a unique variation of this roundel with the white outline to the red outer ring deleted. The service titles POLISH BORDER GUARD / STRAZ GRANICZNA are carried on the fuselage sides.

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All-Time Aircraft Used List Polish Border Guard Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:27:37 +0000 Read more]]> Click on aircraft type for more details

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Mil Mi-2 4 2000 2009 Polish AF
PZL-104M Wilga 2000 6 2000 current Poland
PZL Kania 7 2000 current Poland
PZL M20 Mewa (PA-34 Seneca) 1 2000 current Polish AF
PZL M28 Skytruck 1 2006 current Poland
PZL W-3 Sokol 2 2000 current Poland
Stemme ASP S15 2 2015 current Germany

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Stemme ASP S15 in Polish Border Guard Service Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:22:12 +0000 Read more]]>


Two Stemme ASP S15 motorgliders ordered 8 October 2014. The aircraft were fitted with special optoelectronic sensor suite before delivery.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
SP-VSO 48E22E 2015  
SV-VSP 48E22F 2015  


None available at present.

More Information


Other Sources

To be added.

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Five PZL-104MF Wilga 2000 ordered in 1997 and delivered from 1998 to the Polish Air Force for the 103 Air Regiment. Passed to the Border Guard in 2000. One attrition replacement received later.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
SN-41YG 00980004   2000 PZL-104MP, based Zielona Góra Przylep, at Lublin-Radawiec Aug 2015, to SP-VSC 2011
SN-42YG 00980005   2000 PZL-104M, based Lublin-Radawiec Aug 2015, to SP-VSD Aug 2011
PL-43YG 00980006   2000 PZL-104M, based Rzeszow-Jasionka Aug 2005, damaged 1 Sep 2001, stored Rzeszow Sept 2002
PL-44YG 00980007   2000 PZL-104M, based Ketrzyn-Wilamowo June 2008, to SP-VSE 2011, noted Aug 2013
SN-45YG 00980008   2000 PZL-104M, based Lublin Radawiec, based Bialystok-Krywlany Mar 2015, to SP-VSF 2011
SN-46YG 01020016   2003? PZL-104M, based Rzeszów-Jasionka May 2006 (wfu?), to SP-VSG 2011


Wilga 2000 SN-41YG seen at Radom in August 2005.
(photo, Piotr Biskupski)

More Information


  • European Air Forces Directory 2016/17 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

]]> 0 PZL M20 Mewa in Polish Border Guard Service Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:57:53 +0000 Read more]]>


One PZL M20-03 Mewa (licence-built Piper PA-34-200T Seneca) acquired in 1995 by the Polish Air Force for the 103 Air Regiment, and passed to the Border Guard in 2000.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
SN-50YG 1AH002-15 215 2000 to PL-50YG by Sept 2001, to SN-50YG after Aug 2003, based Gdansk-Rebiechowo May 2011, to SP-VSA 2011


M20 Mewa SN-50YG seen at Gdansk in June 2004.
(photo, Kamil Macniak)

More Information


  • European Air Forces Directory 2016/17 (Mach III)
  • Old Wings

Other Sources

To be added.

]]> 0 PZL M28 Skytruck in Polish Border Guard Service Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:50:55 +0000 Read more]]>


One PZL-Mielec M28-05 Skytruck acquired in April 2006. This aircraft has a special avionics fit comprising an ARS-400M radar system in the nose, and Star Safire II FLIR system, and enhanced navigation suite.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
SN-60YG AJE003-11 SP-PDG* 14 Apr 2006 based Gdansk Rebiechowo, to SP-VSB Oct 2011, to SN-60YG Feb 2014

* Pre-delivery test registration.


M28 Skytruck SP-PDG seen at Gdansk in March 2006.
(photo, Krzysztof Godlewski)

More Information


Other Sources

To be added.

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